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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Long anticipated Giiyong Festival tickets released

Organisers have released tickets for the biggest multi-arts Aboriginal festival in the Yuin Nation, Giiyong Festival, which takes place on 9 April at Jigamy near Eden, on the Far South Coast of NSW.

Giiyong means ‘come to welcome’ in the south coast languages as spoken by Elders. Giiyong Festival celebrates the rich cultural history of the region and will feature music, dance, film, cultural practices and more.

Giiyong Festival provides an opportunity in south east NSW for the entire community to come together in celebration of Aboriginal arts, culture and resilience. It will be three and a half years since the last Giiyong Festival and the organising committee and numerous community volunteers are ready to present an inclusive and impressive event.

The 2022 lineup includes Briggs, Shellie Morris and award winning didgeridoo player William Barton. Everyone's favourite Giiyong Festival MC Sean Choolburra will be back and a highlight of the event will be the Giiyong Gumleaf Band - bringing together highly regarded traditional gumleaf players from across Australia, including Eden’s own Uncle Ossie Stewart and Uncle Ossie Cruse.

The lineup on stage also includes Buddy Knox, Nooky, Dizzy Doolan, Stiff Gins, Ron Callaghan, Gadhu Dreaming Band, Nikea Brooks-Hayes & Dre Wicks, Anthony Green, Gabadu and lockdown internet sensations Matty Walker & Kyarna Rose.

Award winning filmmaker Toni Houston (Wild Australia: After the Fires, The Peacemaker) is currently on location around Eden and Pambula, shooting short films, with local filmmaker Kyle Wilson, that feature local identities, language, cultural practices and significant sites. These will be screened throughout Giiyong Festival, alongside amazing projections of local art put together by leading video designer Mic Gruchy (Sunshine Super Girl: The Evonne Goolagong Cawley Story, Bungul - Perth Festival, Black Drop Effect).

Giiyong Festival takes place at Jigamy, halfway between Pambula and Eden on New South Wales’ Far South Coast. Jigamy is a property owned by Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, located on Thaua Country in the Yuin Nation.

The event is presented by Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and South East Arts. Giiyong Festival is made possible by funding from Create NSW, Indigenous Languages and the Arts, Department of Regional NSW, Festivals Australia and local sponsors. Tickets available now at Adults $20 +gst, Under 18s and Aboriginal Community Elders free.


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