20 August 2019

Fundraiser for Yaama Ngunnna Baaka Corroboree Festival 2019 opens Friday 30 August 6-8pm

Open 11am-5pm Friday - Sunday, 31 August - 8 September

The fundraiser for Yaama Ngunnna Baaka Corroboree Festival 2019 is curated by Ann Finegan and will show the work of Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth, a Muruwari and Budjiti man, a talented artist and water for the rivers activist, as well as the work and donations of his many supporters, including Suzanne Bartos, Jenny Brown, Sue Callanan, Alison Clouston, Maryanne Coutts, Marghanita da Cruz and Ted Flloyd, 
Ben Denham, Mireille Eid, Juliet Fowler Smith, Beata Geyer, Billy Gruner, Sara Hourez, Janet Kossy, Kerrie Leishman, Margaret Roberts, Ms. Saffaa, Margaret Seymour, Bernadette Smith, Linda Swinfield, Angela Towndrow, Amy Elizabeth Wilson, Alex Wisser, Kayo Yokoyama and others to come.

These artists are donating artwork to support the Yaama Ngunnna Baaka Corroboree Festival 2019, planned for Walgatt, Brewinna, Bourke, Wilcannia and Menindee from Saturday 28 September to Wednesday 3 October 2019. The festival aims to show the precarious state of the river system and our collective need to advocate for its survival. 

Funds raised will be used to support
 dancers coming to the river from around the country for the festival. We hope you can support their participation in Yaama Ngunna Baaka by bidding for an artwork at the opening, or when the exhibition is open from 31 August - 8 September (Fri-Sun 11am-5pm). The fundraiser will be conducted as a silent auction. 

Donations and payment for artworks can be made by bank transfer to:
Bendigo Bank Katoomba
BSB: 633000 
Account no: 166774828

Artists wishing to donate please email yaamangunnabaaka@gmail.com
Dates and times for delivery to Articulate: 1-5pm Tuesday 27 August and 4-7pm Wednesday 28 August
Works can also be donated at the opening. 

Details of the festival and how to travel to it are found on www.ngunna.com

Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth https://mundagutta.com/



Corroboree YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA is a coming together to heal the Baaka (Darling River).

The roving event includes riverside camping, free community meals and afternoon music workshops. It will be held from Saturday 28 September to Wednesday 3 October 2019. All dancers will perform from dusk each night moving through the townships of Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke and Wilcannia, with a finale at Menindee Lakes.

First Nation organisations and representatives have assisted with planning the event by selecting sites and planning activities, and will welcome all visitors in the ceremonies they will host. These draw from their 60,000 year traditions of caring for the land and the river that plays a role in everyones wellbeing that includes physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural and environmental dimensions.

Situated in beautiful yet precarious riverside sites, performers and audiences will engage with the landscape as well as the social, cultural and political histories that will be brought to life through dance. This festival provides a wonderful focus for First Nation communities to celebrate culture alongside family and friends, whilst providing workshops, rehearsals and presentations of stories and song lines. These will create opportunities for community participation and sharing through collaborative learning and performing.

Just as importantly, corroborree unifies communities and people who share common cultural beliefs regarding the vein of our belonging, being and becoming” to the Barwon-Namoi- Baaka River, whilst highlighting the precarious state of the river system and our collective need to advocate for the river.

Over fifteen dance groups from around Australia will perform in support for the river and all those depending on it.  Those based along the Baaka - the 45 member Bourke group, and other areas of regional NSW and Sydney - will be joined by interstate groups from Darwin, Quilpie (Queensland) and Adelaide, including the Adelaide-based Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group led by Ngarrindjeri Elder, Major (Moogy) Sumner (AM), who has reinvigorated the roving festival (ringbalin) along the Murray and Baaka Rivers over the last ten years.

There is a range of music and educational workshops programmed for each afternoon. The Mothers Milk Bank will involve their musicians as part of their Ruby Hunter project working with community through song to carry on Ruby's legacy to support First Nation mothers with diabetes and create a network of breast milk donors for mothers unable to breastfeed because of diabetes or other illness. The work of the Thumbs Up - Good Tucker program, founded by First Nation musician Jimmy Little, will encourage healthy eating from the programs recipe book and will include promotion of the phone app.

The festival aims to assist communities along the lower Baaka to further develop First Nation arts and cultural tourism as an important economic driver in the region. It is dedicated to developing partnerships with government, business and community organisations to build this base to create further mutually beneficial linkages in a holistic approach across health, tourism, education, environment, heritage, sporting and leisure areas. The program also aims to open up opportunities for First Nation performers to further develop their skills and collaborative partnerships in a national event, building a new performance program in regional NSW where the dirt is red, and assisting with the further development of First Nation arts in Australia.

You can read details  at www.ngunna.com

Walgett – Saturday 28 September – Namoi River.
Brewarrina – Sunday 29 September – Barwon River at Doyle Street Park.
Bourke – Monday 30 September – 2CUZ FM at 1 Wangkumarra Drive.
Wilcannia – Tuesday 1 October – Reid St Park. 
Menindee – Wednesday 2 October – Burke & Wills Campsite, Lake Pamamaroo.


Maari Ma Health: Improving Aboriginal health and closing the gap, Dhariwaa Elders Group, Walgett Shire Council: Shire of Walgett, Tribal Warrior, Moogahlin Performing Arts Inc, Bourke Shire Council,  Brewarrina Shire Council, Museums and Galleries NSW, Thumbs Up - Good Tucker program, Central Darling Shire Council, Water for the Rivers and the Aboriginal Culture, Heritage Arts Association, Yama Guroo, Mundagutta.

Yours sincerely

Bruce Shillingsworth Snr, Director
Jenny Brown, Co-ordinator  / Curator

Jenny: 0407677371 - jenny@jennybrownjenny.com
Bruce: 0498646225 - bruce.shillingsworth@det.nsw.edu.au

SUPPORT LETTER from Maari Ma Health