Join Arts Northern Rivers at the Buruugaa Gaandjindii (Weaving Gathering) to engage with Bundjalung Elders and weavers, celebrating the launch of Bulaan Buruugaa Ngali, We Weave Together.
The event aims to foster dialogue, appreciation, and celebration of the revitalised weaving practices that are central to Bundjalung culture, as showcased in Bulaan Buruugaa Ngali. Through stories of Elders and weavers, historical materials, and traditional plant species and techniques, the publication serves as a powerful testament to the strength, endurance, and talent of these remarkable artisans.
Presented by Arts Northern Rivers in association with Byron Writers Festival
Over the past four years, Arts Northern Rivers has conducted workshops where local weavers generously shared their knowledge and techniques with Aboriginal communities across the Bundjalung region. These workshops have united women from Bundjalung and beyond, revitalising age-old weaving practices. The publication captures the enduring reclamation journey, sharing stories of Elders, exploring historical museum collections, and outlining traditional plant species and harvesting techniques, inviting others to learn this ancient Bundjalung artform.
Written by acclaimed writer, producer, and director Rhoda Roberts AO, compiled and produced by Kylie Caldwell, and edited by Melissa Lucashenko, this publication foregrounds and empowers Indigenous voices, turning the dominant perspective back to First Nations women as practising artists. It also features an immanent woven prelude by Melissa Lucashenko, the winner of the Miles Franklin Award.
The publication offers a captivating exploration of the Bundjalung weavers’ traditions within the Northern Rivers of NSW, beautifully presented through a rich visual display. The stunning imagery, skillfully captured by acclaimed photographer Kate Holmes, along with the talented mentee photographer Kris Cook, showcases the intricate artistry and craftsmanship. Additionally, this publication provides a rare glimpse into the meticulously crafted baskets through archival imagery from Australian and International museum collections.
They are here, they are loud and they are wild! Get ready for Byron Writers Festival’s Saturday night feature event, Voices In the Wild, a cabaret of spoken word that will bring the house down.
Featuring Maxine Beneba Clarke, Madison Godfrey, Miles Merrill, Sarah Temporal and Jo Yang, plus winners from the Poets Out Loud Slam and Australian Poetry Slam heats. Hosted by David Stavanger.
Traversing topics such as race, climate change, gender and mental health with empathy and hope for the future, Voices in the Wild will take guests on a riotously unique journey, using language in its most commanding form of lyrical storytelling.
Supported by KassaMiller Foundation
Saturday 12 August
6.30pm – 9pm (Bar open 5.30pm)
(A&I Hall, Bangalow)
$35 / $30 Members
Bundjalung Nghari – Indigenise (meaning: story gathering) is a theatrical reading of stories, poems and essays, penned by First Nations writers.
After selling out in 2022, NORPA welcomes four new Bundjalung writers and creatives, Kirk Page, Naomi Moran, Grace Lucas-Pennington and Mark Olive to reflect on their experiences of Living with Occupation.
Presented by NORPA in association with Byron Writers Festival
Kirk Page is a proud Munanjali man with ancestral lineage connected to Badu Island/Zenadth Kes, Poland and Germany. As an actor, choreographer and director he has brought stories to the stage and screen over his 29-year career in the arts.
Naomi Moran is a Dunghutti and Nyangbal/Arakwal woman of the Bundjalung nation. She is CEO of Koori Mail and Co-Chair of First Nations Media Australia.
Grace Lucas-Pennington is a Bundjalung editor and poet living on Yuggera/Turrbal country.
Australia’s celebrated Indigenous chef Mark Olive (aka ‘The Black Olive’), has hosted popular TV shows The Outback Cafe, The Chefs’ Line and On Country Kitchen. His life-long passion for fusing native Australian ingredients with contemporary lifestyle cooking has earned him an international reputation.
Kevin Jared Hosein is an award-winning Caribbean novelist. His latest book is Hungry Ghosts.
Gabriel Krauze was long-listed for the Booker Prize in 2020. He grew up in London in a Polish family. Who They Was is his debut novel.
Ellen van Neerven
Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. Ellen is the author of Heat and Light, Comfort Food, Throat, and a new non-fiction title, Personal Score: Sport, Culture, Identity.
Jess Scully is a curator and city-maker whose book, Glimpses of Utopia: Real Ideas for a Fairer World, illuminates solutions to the climate and inequality crises.
Grace Tame is a passionate advocate against child sexual abuse and 2021 Australian of the Year. Her memoir The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner is Grace’s story, in Grace’s words, on Grace’s terms.
Join Arakwal Bundjalung woman Delta Kay for a unique walking tour along the stunning Byron Creek at Bangalow Parklands. Discover a variety of edible bush tucker plants, as well as plants used for natural medicine, jewellery, fibre and tools.
Learn about Indigenous history and hear traditional stories that have been passed down to Delta from her ancestors.
Thursday 10 August
1.30pm – 3pm
Bangalow Parklands (meeting point advised on booking)
$65 Adult / $19 Child, incl. bush tucker afternoon tea
Bookings essential. Please note this tour runs every Thursday so you will need to select Thursday 10 August from the date field when booking.
Nature Connection for Creativity with David Roland
How can we optimise creativity and our capacity to write beautifully? ‘Attention fatigue’ is a common outcome of life’s day-to-day demands, with the digital world in particular draining our mental fuel tank.
In this workshop, David Roland will explain the ‘nature connection’ model and practices writers can use to nurture the creative mind state and restore attention. Outdoors in Bangalow Parklands, David will guide participants through a series of accessible nature connection activities, with short writing exercises.
Thursday 10 August
8.30am – 12.30pm
Bangalow Parklands (meeting point advised upon booking)
$100 / $80 Members & Students