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Wominjeka Festival 2019


Wominjeka Festival 2019 is a Ngargee, a Kulin cultural event, offered through the spirit of generosity, teaching and sharing from the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the greater Kulin nation. It is an invitation to gather on the banks of the Maribyrnong to bring community – all people who dwell on Kulin lands – together. A Ngargee, where we will revisit the relationship between youth and Elders.

‘It is a time when the Kulin Nations come together so that we can invite other people to come to respect and honour the work that has been made by our artists. In programming the festival we strive for a blend of the younger and the established, and a relationship between the two so the more senior artists can give the young ones a hand and build them up.’ – Uncle Larry Walsh

‘The stories of the state’s waterways are about Aboriginal resilience, survival and genealogy. The rivers are about transport and the lifeblood of the Kulin nation and how everything flowed into our great bay. The people of the Kulin connected through river courses and harnessed water for their survival, using water as a trade route. It was also about the migration and networks of families living along those riverways.’ – N’arweet Carolyn Briggs

‘Wominjeka Festival is a festival that welcomes visitors to come along and celebrate the arts, the stories, the songs and the rivers.’ – Aunty Annette Xiberras

WHEN: Saturday 6 April
COST: Free

Program information: 

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Festival schedule:

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
TIME: 12.30pm –1pm
VENUE: Riverside Lawn Pontoon

River Ceremony
TIME: 1pm – 2pm
VENUE: Riverside Lawn and FCAC Pier

Black Screen
‘Teach a Man to Fish’ by Grant Saunders
TIME: 2pm – 3.30pm
VENUE: Basement Theatre

River and Waterways Conversation
TIME: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
VENUE: Basement Theatre

Blak 2 the Future Exhibition Launch
TIME: 4.30pm – 5pm
VENUE: Roslyn Smorgon Gallery

Blak Klub
TIME: 5pm – 8pm
VENUE: Performance Space

River Ceremony with N’Arweet Carolyn Briggs
TIME: 8pm – 8.30pm
VENUE: Riverside Lawn and FCAC Pier

Riverside Camp
TIME: 8.30pm – 9.30pm
VENUE: Riverside Lawn and FCAC Pier

Presented as a part of FCAC’s Indigenous Cultural Program with the support of Maribyrnong City Council.


1 – Image courtesy of FCAC.

Date & Times

Saturday 6 April


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