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22 September 2018

10.00am to 10.30pm at Jigamy, EDEN NSW
Located halfway between Pambula and Eden on the beautiful Sapphire Coast.

Giiyong Festival is a FAMILY FRIENDLY, DRUG & ALCOHOL FREE, ALL AGES EVENT.

 

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GIIYONG FESTIVAL

Giiyong (pronounced GUY-YOONG) is a one day multi-arts festival, celebrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture. It is the first such event held within the Yuin Nation.

Festival entry is FREE. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW and DONATE to help us with planning and delivering an awesome event.

There are cultural demonstrations such as weaving, shellwork, traditional cooking, didge making, wood burning and more. There are dance groups, cultural ceremonies, films, art and history exhibitions. The Arts Market will feature a range of amazing stalls with beautiful Aboriginal art and craft from around the region.

You can spend the whole day, or tailor your visit to suit your needs. The music line-up features some of Australia’s finest musicians.

Appearing at Giiyong Festival

Baker Boy
In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Read more.
No Fixed Address
No Fixed Address formed at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) in North Adelaide in 1979. It was Read more.
Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Projects
Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving and important Mission Songs Project reveals what daily was like for Indigenous Australians on Christian missions Read more.
Benny Walker
Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for Read more.
Chelsy Atkins
A favourite local artist from Pambula who is making a big impact wherever she performs. Her powerful songs in traditional Read more.
Sean Choolburra
We are excited to announce Giiyong Festival’s arvo and evening MC is Sean Choolburra! I always tell people “we are Read more.
Frank Yamma
Frank Yamma is without a doubt one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and Read more.
Ali Cobby Eckermann
Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara / Kokatha kunga (woman) born on Kaurna land in 1963. As a baby Ali Read more.
Nathan Lygon
Yuin and Monaroo man Nathan Lygon is a key part of the Giiyong Festival. Nathan is a performer – dance, Read more.
Dallas Woods
A young Noongar man raised in the E.K. [Wyndham – East Kimberley] Dallas is a quintessential underdog who dropped out Read more.
Mark Atkins & Simon Abrahams
Acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins is also recognized internationally for his collaborative projects with some Read more.
Image of Uncle Ossie Cruse by Kate Howarth
Uncle Ossie Cruse
Ossie Cruse AM MBE, Aboriginal Elder and Christian Pastor, has for over 20 years been a prominent campaigner for reconciliation Read more.
Bruce Pascoe
Leading Aboriginal author and historian Bruce Pascoe will be appearing at Giiyong Festival to present a reading of his fiction works, and Read more.
Image of Indigenous dancer Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Ngioka Bunda-Heath is Wakka Wakka, Ngugi from Queensland through her Mother and Biripi from New South Wales through her Father. Read more.
Jeanine Leane
Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from southwest New South Wales. After a longer teaching career, she completed Read more.
Glenn Shea
Glenn Shea is a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people, around the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia. Glenn Read more.
Docker River Band
Docker River Band hail from Kaltukatjara (Docker River) close to the border of NT and WA in the central desert Read more.
Drifting Doolagahls
The Drifting Doolagahal’s was formed by original band members Ronny Thomas and Johnny Pender 5-6 years ago, Johnny is the Read more.
Warren Foster Senior & Warren Foster Junior
Giiyong Festival will feature two of the South Coast’s finest performers, Warren Foster Senior and Warren Foster Junior, Djirringanj men Read more.
Nikai Stewart
Nikai Stewart is a young Yuin nation songstress. She has been moved by music since she could walk and has a love for old school Read more.
Gadhu Dancers
The Gadhu Dancers are a local dance group made up of young Yuin boys from the Wallaga Lake and Bermagui Read more.
Sassi Nooyoom (aka Meaghan Holt)
Sassi Nooyoom (dialect of the Wakka Wakka language) was born on Gunai/Kurnai country (Yarram) Victoria. Her mother’s family are of Read more.
One Mob Dreaming Choir
One Mob Dreaming Choir is a collaboration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children’s voices from the Bega Valley. The children have Read more.
Rob Bundle, Image by James Henry
Robbie Bundle
Robbie Bundle is a singer-songwriter and musician who has been writing and performing music for more than 35 years.  He Read more.
Gabadoo
Gabadoo is a Djiringanj man, born and raised in Bermagui NSW. He has been creating hip hop, R & B and Read more.
Rodney Kelly
Gweagal and Dharawal man Rodney Kelly, based in Bermagui NSW,  started a campaign in 2016 to have his ancestors artefacts returned which Read more.
Image of Warren Foster Snr from Gulaga Dancers by Dean Brosche
Gulaga Dancers
Gulaga Dancers were founded by Djiringanj man Warren Foster almost twenty years ago. Emerging originally from Wallaga Lake, the Gulaga Read more.
Image of one of the Djaadjawan Dancers
Djaadjawan Dancers
The Djaadjawan Dancers are a traditional female Aboriginal dance group from the Yuin Nation of NSW, Australia. The group includes Read more.
Dr Jackie Huggins
Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA is Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru from Queensland. Jackie is the Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Read more.
C.J. Leon
CJ Leon has been entertaining audiences up and down the NSW coast for thirty years. Renowned for his impressive vocal Read more.
Raw Kreations
Demonstration: Raw Kreations Random Weaving This demonstration by Mary Moore and Kate Heffernan from Raw Kreations is designed to be Read more.
Image of singer Alison Walker
Alison Walker
Alison Walker is a Djiringanj woman from Wallaga Lake who loves to celebrate and share her culture. She is a Read more.
Exhibitions, Workshops & Markets

Art & Craft

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Food, Music, Dance

Demonstrations

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Dance Circles

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Spoken word & Literature

Words and stories

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Jigamy, EDEN, Far South Coast NSW
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