Home' Woodford Folk Festival : Programme 2018-19 Contents KIMBERLEY WORLD
Representative of the Traditional Custodians, Uncle Noel Blair, welcomes
this year’s artists and festival audiences to the new Talking Circle space,
Jinibara Gallery and Elder’s Tea Rooms. All are welcome.
THUR TALKING CIRCLE 10.00AM
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Surfers
In the early 1990s, an Aboriginal surfing movement began with the inaugural
Indigenous Surfing Titles held at Wreck Bay. There have since been many
surfing programs to develop grass roots talent and engagement in a healthy
lifestyle, which closely aligns with traditional coastal lifestyles, providing long
and lasting benefits for Aboriginal people. A steering group has been created to
increase the profile and activities of professional Aboriginal surfing in Australia.
Toward An Aboriginal Surfing Organisation
The vision now is to create a collective and coordinated framework for
Indigenous surfing, to support and progress Indigenous surfing into the future.
A series of consultations have taken place at two of the current Indigenous
surfing events at Bells Beach and Coffs Harbour. A steering group is seeking
further input from Aboriginal communities across Australia to ensure that self-
determination and community control drives the future direction.
MON TUES TALKING CIRCLE 11.30AM
Alison is a founding member of Australia’s most successful community
exchange, and an administrator for Community Exchange Systems Australia.
She speaks enthusiastically about building a new economy.
SUN GREENHOUSE 9.00AM
Community Exchange: The Sharing Economy
The sharing economy is expanding and community exchange is a method of
cashless trading using mutual credit. It helps to build resilient communities by
sharing resources with balance and equity. The system fosters creativity and
generosity, providing an opportunity to reimagine economics. Account holders
are encouraged to aim for a zero balance, a feature that operates to derail
greed and corruption.
FRI GREENHOUSE 9.00AM
Banaam is a Bundjalung word that means ‘strong, younger brother’. According
to local Indigenous culture, Banaam plays a support role to the elder brother
(known as ‘Gogaun’) to help them fulfill their responsibilities. In a similar spirit,
Banaam was conceived to support businesses to better understand their
Indigenous employees but also to apply Indigenous principles of relationship
building, communication, mutual responsibility and non-hierarchical
management structures to their business.
Cultural Intelligence Workshop
Indigenous culture recognises the primary importance of relationships
and offering every individual a sense of their relationship to community
and country. Banaam training provides a lens through which to view
all relationships within the cultural framework, enhancing engagement
between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader
THUR TALKING CIRCLE 1.30PM
SAT TALKING CIRCLE 2.00PM
An experienced didgeridoo performer and teacher based on the Sunshine
Coast, Bob has been playing since he was eight years old. Bob’s musical career
includes the Australian Navy Band, and teaching the history and introduction to
practical playing of the didgeridoo in Queenland schools. He has been playing
the didgeridoo in the Fire Event at Woodford for the past 15 years.
Ritual and Ceremony
Bob discusses the history of the didgeridoo, it’s names and origins - as well as
a practical introduction to the different styles of playing.
THUR TALKING CIRCLE 4.30PM
Cath is a horticulturist, consultant and educator specialising in organic
gardening and horticultural therapy. She is the founder and director of Soil to
Supper which provides services and programs nationally and internationally
through its Membership Community and Education Program. She is also host
of The Wellbeing Garden Podcast.
Sustainable Food and Social Enterprise
Matters of sustainable food production, community development and ethical
business are brought together by this panel to identify practical strategies
for the creation of alternatives to dominant, wasteful and exploitative
cultures and behaviours.
SAT GREENHOUSE 1.30PM
Dr Anne Poelina, Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Custodian, Peter Cullen Fellow,
and Chair Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council, promotes the need to include
First Law, Indigenous Science – traditional ecological knowledge, and the
rights of nature to the solutions for planetary health and wellbeing.
A leading Australian environmental advocate, Dr Trail has combined
his expertise in wildlife ecology and advocacy to secure large areas of
Australia’s land and sea from environmental threats. He is the Australian
Director of Pew Charitable Trusts and leads their work in protecting one of
the world’s great remaining natural places – the Australian Outback and its
Global World Heritage and the Fitzroy River
The unique cultural and environmental values of the West Kimberley
region are of national and international significance and include the
Fitzroy River catchment. The Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council is a council
of Traditional Owner groups championing a united management approach
to the catchment.
FRI TALKING CIRCLE 3.30PM
Update on the Kimberley Region and Heritage Status
The unique cultural and environmental values of the Kimberley region
are of national and international significance. Dr Anne Poelina and Dr
Barry Traill will provide an update on the work by traditional owners and
conservationists to protect the Kimberley.
SUN TALKING CIRCLE 10.00AM
COMMUNITY & CULTURE
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