Giiyong Story

On Saturday 22 September 2018 the Giiyong Festival took place at Jigamy, just north of Eden. It was South East NSW’s first multi-art form festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture through dance, art, music, film, theatre, food, sport, workshops and cultural tours.

Next Giiyong Festival is 26 September 2020

Entry to the Festival is FREE!!!!

Giiyong means ‘come to welcome’ in Dhurga, the language local to the Eden and Bega area.

Giiyong Festival 2018 was the first event of its type held within the Yuin Nation, which stretches from the Shoalhaven River down into East Gippsland in Victoria and across to the Great Dividing Range.

Giiyong (pronounced Guy-Yong) means ‘come to welcome’ in the South Coast language as spoken by the Elders.

Alison Simpson, Program Manager from Twofold Aboriginal Corporation says, “The festival will provide an opportunity for everyone to participate, experience and share in the diversity of Aboriginal culture.”

The Giiyong office is located at South East Arts, Rear 32 Church Street, Bega NSW 2550.

About our logo

The Festival logo was designed by Natalie Bateman, it is detail from her crab design and represents the energy of the crab in the colours of the Eden landscape. Natalie says:

Walawaani njindiwan ngayaga Yuin Natalie Bateman

My name is Natalie Bateman. I am a descendant of one of the largest families on the NSW south coast.

My kinship, our connection to the land and sea strongly influenced the subjects of my art. My family and culture are my life and are at the centre of who I am. It is what gives me the courage and colours to paint.

For many years I did dot style in my art however today I now use line work in my paintings, this is the Yuin way of making markings and my way of telling my story.

Natalie is the Art Director for Giiyong Festival and will be bringing the site to life with the assistance of volunteers.

 Our 2018 Poster

Please feel free to download our poster. Send it to your friends. Print it and stick it up all over the place.

Giiyong Festival Poster PDF – download here

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