On Saturday 22 September 2018 the Giiyong Festival will take place at Jigamy, just north of Eden. It will be the 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.
Giiyong means ‘come to welcome’ in Dhurga, the language local to the Eden and Bega area.
Giiyong Festival will be 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-Yoong) 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.
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.