Opening Ceremony – WAGGA WAGGA: to dance to celebrate

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Thursday 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Wagga Wagga: to dance, to celebrate

This ceremonial welcome to country and introduction to Wagga Wagga will be an immersive soundscape that calls Artstate
together. The welcome to country has been created with local senior Wiradjuri elder Aunty Isabel Reid, followed by an
explanation of the true meaning of the name Wagga Wagga by Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr AM, and a finish with a song performed
in the Wiradjuri language. This project is a coming-together of sounds, songs and stories that will deeply connect people to

Director: Jonathan Jones
Smoking: Peter Ingram
Singers: Sharron Lindh, Mick Bogie, Cindy Hamilton, Diane Johnson, Shirley Lee, Christopher Orchard, Marissa McDowell and
Beatrice Murray
Dancers: Dulbinya Dance Group
Elders: Aunty Isabel Reid and Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr AM
Cinematography: Wes Boney and Pedro Greig
Composer and sound designer: Luke Mynott, Unison Sound
Editor: Elliott Magen
Thanks: Aunty Betty Grant, Aunty Lorraine Tye, Aunty Mary Atkinson, Luke Wighton, Letetia Harris, Ashlie Hunter, Bill Speirs
and Genevieve O’Callaghan

Supported by Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University Technology Sydney

Formal opening and addresses
MC Elizabeth Rogers, CEO Regional Arts NSW & Executive Producer Artstate
Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts.
Hon Don Harwin MLC, Minister of the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and the Arts
Cr Greg Conkey OAM, Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga
Julie Briggs, Chair Regional Arts NSW

Man. Dancing.
I come to this place echoing with the sound of a thousand feet.
This ancient country,
Caressed by the feet of countrymen who have danced before,
Who continue to dance here,
And of those who shall come.
I come to this place
In awe and humility
To add my dancing feet to theirs.

Choreographed and danced by Joel Bray
Sound: Naretha Williams

The Wiradjuri word for canoe made from bark. Outside the theatre, three canoes made on country float on the Wollundry

Project lead: Marcus Wright for Eastern Riverina Arts
Cultural practice facilitator: Shane Herrington for National Parks and Wildlife Service. Aboriginal Discovery Team

Elements of the opening ceremony and muriin have been supported by the Lagoon Project. The Lagoon Project acknowledges the assistance of the Commonwealth Government through the Indigenous Languages and Arts program.


Tickets: Free but spaces are limited

While the cost to attend this event in Wagga Wagga is free, bookings are essential and can be made here. 

For those tuning in from afar, this event will be livestreamed for free!

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