Australian Aboriginal culture has a unique place in the world, being the oldest continuous living culture. The ICOM-CC Cultural Evening celebrates Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous cultures, and includes performance and story-telling. Featuring artists and performers from the Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists this event presents a unique opportunity to experience Australia’s rich Indigenous cultures, and a cultural legacy that stretches back at least 50,000 years. This event will be held in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria.
The Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists represent the Aboriginal communities of Warmun and Balgo respectively. These communities are part of the remote Halls Creek Shire, which is located 2873km north-east of Perth, on the edges of the Great Sandy Desert and Tanami Desert, in northwest Australia. Covering some 142,908 square kilometres of predominantly desert and pastoral country, Halls Creek Shire is home to a number of art centres of which Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists are the largest. Some of Australia’s most significant natural attractions can also be found in Halls Creek Shire including the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungle ranges of Purnululu National Park, Wolfe Creek Crater, and the historic Canning Stock Route. In fact, if you have time, a visit to the Kimberley is a life changing experience.
Sponsored by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and the Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne, Friends of Warmun and the National Gallery of Victoria
Part of the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference – this event is free and open to all. Register to attend here.
Date: Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Great Hall, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, MELBOURNE VIC 3006