In September 2018 the Giiyong Festival will take place at Jigamy, just north of Eden. It will be the region’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.
Les Kosez, Land and Sea Country Co-ordinator with Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council said the word reflects what the festival will represent, ‘It’s about all people coming together, celebrating our culture and sharing experiences.’ South East Arts has received Regional Partnership funding from Create NSW to produce the festival, in partnership with Twofold Aboriginal Corporation and Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Andrew Gray, General Manager from South East Arts says the funding is a great start to the project, ‘We are off and running, the organising committee have some great ideas for the festival, which will give more visibility to the rich Aboriginal history and culture of the South East and the talented Aboriginal artists and performers living in our region’.
For more information visit the South East Arts website.