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Events Description Type Location Organiser Dates
Desert Song Festival

A showcase of multi-cultural music traditions including songs and hymns in the indigenous languages of Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara.

Other Alice Springs Desert Song Festival 6 September 2019 to 15 September 2019

Each year the first words of Melbourne International Arts Festival come from those who have carried this land’s stories the longest—the First Peoples of Melbourne. Tanderrum is a ceremony bringing together the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation—a ceremony of celebration that reaches across Aboriginal time.

Exhibition Fed Square Melbourne Vic Melbourne International Arts Festival 2 October 2019

The opening event of the Melbourne International Arts Festival that celebrates the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation.

Other Federation Square Melbourne Melbourne International Arts Festival 3 October 2019
Down by the River

Celebration of the diversity of Indigenous languages in music and dance in South Australia and beyond.

Other Hart’s Mill Precinct Port Adelaide Semaphore Music Festival 4 October 2019 to 7 October 2019
Jarjum Stories

A kuril dhagun showcase focusing on children’s books and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Other State Library of Queensland State Library of Queensland Ongoing
Asia Pacific Creative Cities Conference

Designated a UNESCO Creative City in 2015, Adelaide is committed to sharing best practice, developing partnerships and prioritising international collaboration with the members of this important alliance. The Asia-Pacific Creative Cities (APCC) Conference, organised by Adelaide Festival Centre, will be the first ever meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities of the Asia-Pacific region. In honour of the International Year of Indigenous Language, a United Nations observance in 2019, the conference will address the ways in which Indigenous arts, language and entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific region may be promoted and supported.

Event Adelaide SA Adelaide Festival Centre 23 October 2019 to 26 October 2019
Knowing our Languages: Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages

Hear Boonwurrung elder, N’arweet Carolyn Briggs, possum cloak maker and multi-media artist, Vicki Couzens, cultural mentor and artist, Mandy Nicholson, and PhD recipient in Indigenous Oral History, Dr Sadie Heckenberg, explore the importance of language. To mark the International Year of Indigenous Languages, a free panel discussion highlighting local community research into and the community revitalisation of local Aboriginal Languages including their importance to cultural heritage and practice.

Other Victoria University Victoria University 26 October 2019
Talk to Me

Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Canning Agricultural Show hosts the 2019 Craft Challenge "Talk to Me". The Challenge invites creators to make a doll sized cultural costume of an indigenous language speaker. Entries will be on display at the Canning Show and prizes awarded to the best entries. Full details are available by emailing a request for a Schedule of Entries to admin [at] cahrs.com.au

Exhibition Cannington WA Canning Agricultural Horticultural and Recreational Society Inc 1 November 2019 to 2 November 2019
Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages

A major exhibition exploring the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages throughout Queensland. Join in the many talks and events to celebrate the rich and diverse languages spoken today.

Exhibition State Library of Queensland State Library of Queensland Ongoing
"Warrarmarn Ngarranggarni" (Warmun Dreaming) Film Launch

As part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, and a commitment to revitalise Gija language, which is an endangered Australian Aboriginal language, Warmun Art Centre are working in partnership with the Swinburne University of Technology to present “Warrmarn Ngarrangarni.” The film is proudly funded by the Australian Government Indigenous Languages and Arts Program. This Gija language short film explores themes of Ngarrangarni (Dreamings) associated with Warmun, and the story of Warmun’s most famous Joonba (corroborree) known as the Goorrir Goorrir, which came to artist Rover Thomas after a visitation from the ghost of an old lady who passed away in Turkey Creek immediately after Cyclone Tracey devastated Darwin. Rover’s contemporaries helped him to recount the epic saga in Gija language through a performance narrative Joonba, complete with artist painting props known as dance boards. The Gija contemporary art movement was birthed from painting dancing boards rich with Gija storytelling. This film was co-directed by Gija Cultural knowledge holder Gabriel Nodea and Justin Brown from Browndog productions, based on the Warrmarn Ngarrangarni told to Gabriel by the late artist Hector Jandany, and on the Goorrir Goorrir Joonba. Gija elders Rusty Peters, Eileen Bray, Mabel Juli and Shirley Drill worked with linguist Frances Kofod to recount the stories told in this film. The film cast and crew are Gija community members from Warmun, and the entire film was shot on location in Gija lands. The film launch at the University of Swinburne will be followed by an artist talk, and a chance for audience to meet some of the artists

Other Swinburne Technology John St Hawthorn VIC 3122 Swinburne University of Technology and Warmun Art Centre 21 November 2019