South East NSW is welcoming its first multi-art form festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture through dance, art, music, film, theatre, food, sport, workshops and cultural tours.
Presented by Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and South East Arts, Giiyong Festival will take place in Jigamy, just north of Eden on 22 September. The 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 said, “The festival will provide an opportunity for everyone to participate, experience and share in the diversity of Aboriginal culture.”
New acts are added to the bill every day, however the lineup is already proving to be impressive including performances by Baker Boy, Frank Yamma, No Fixed Address, Benny Walker and Chelsey Atkins.
The festival will also feature Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project, which explores what daily was like for Indigenous Australians on Christian missions.
There will also be cultural workshops on a range of topics including music.
Giiyong Festival is free to attend, click here to register.