CELEBRATING WIRADJURI CULTURAL HERITAGE

Eliza Packham, Monicque Merritt, Marion Wighton Packham, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation Harold 'Ally' Coe, Bev Coe, Lachlan Shire Council’s Director Environment Tourism and Economic Development Jon Shillito (at back) together with (sitting at front) Bonnie Merritt, Ev Coe and Arts Out West Executive Director Kylie Shead are looking forward to Condo SkyFest (miima warrabinya), that will be held on 2 to 4 September at the Wiradjuri Study Centre.Eliza Packham, Monicque Merritt, Marion Wighton Packham, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation Harold 'Ally' Coe, Bev Coe, Lachlan Shire Council’s Director Environment Tourism and Economic Development Jon Shillito (at back) together with (sitting at front) Bonnie Merritt, Ev Coe and Arts Out West Executive Director Kylie Shead are looking forward to Condo SkyFest (miima warrabinya), that will be held on 2 to 4 September at the Wiradjuri Study Centre.

Condo SkyFest (miima warrabinya) will celebrate 65,000 plus years of Wiradjuri cultural heritage and continuity.
The event will be a full weekend of cultural events in Condobolin from 2 to 4 September at the Wiradjuri Study Centre (WSC).
It will feature a Gala Dinner on Friday, 2 September at the WSC with Indigenous Chef, Gerald Power and a Miima-gu Ngaahna Regenerative Futures Expo on Saturday, 3 September, also to be held at the WSC.
Condo SkyFest Miima Warrabinya, will showcase a program of Wiradjuri music, dance, workshops, arts and crafts exhibitions, lantern parade, stargazing, and much more at the Wiradjuri Study Centre from 2 pm till late on Saturday, 3 September.
According to Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation Harold ‘Ally’ Coe, SkyFest seeks to reawaken and revitalise aspects of Wiradjuri cultural heritage, such as language, astronomy, and stories that have been lost due to colonisation.
“Miima Warrabinya supports emerging arts practitioners and cultural ambassadors, and will seek to address cultural deprivation, social disadvantage and mental health issues through community cultural development practices and new opportunities,” he explained.
“It will share Wiradjuri culture with the wider community through cultural tourism.
“The event defines Wiradjuri culture very broadly, to include language, songlines, dances, stories, arts and crafts, archaeological sites, astronomy, skylore, and a deep connection to Country which includes the land, waterways, celestial phenomena, and all lifeforms and dreamings.
“WCC hopes to grow SkyFest into one of Australia’s major Indigenous festivals and tourist experiences.”
The Miima-gu Ngaahna Regenerative Futures Expo will be a platform for corporations, local and regional businesses, government departments, educational institutions, non-government organisations, charities, and First Nations arts and crafts practitioners and entrepreneurs to engage with Inland communities, showcase their regenerative products, processes, and services, promote new opportunities and new visions for the future, contribute to SkyFest’s economic viability by renting booth spaces which range from $10 to $500. Exhibitors will start setting up from 10am.
SkyFest will incorporate a Community Barbecue Lunch, Touch Footy Knockout, and a Fishing Competition in the Galari Bila (Lachlan River) on Sunday, 4 September.
SkyFest is a visionary cultural initiative by Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation and Big Skies Collaboration.
For more information look up Condo SkyFest on Facebook, check out the websites www.skyfest.com.au or www.bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com People can also email reception@wiradjuricc.com or phone either 02 6873 6705 or 0404 057 162.