They said this year’s Wominjeka festival would be going ahead whether it rained, hailed or shone and it did. A few drops of rain and by afternoon the sun come out and blessed all who attended.
A large crowd attended to witness culture, song and dance along the banks of the Maribyrnong River on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and the Bunurong peoples of the Kulin Nation. Elders in Residence, Uncle Larry Walsh and N’Arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM and the Indigenous Advisory Group, Wominjeka presented an exciting line up of emerging and recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
These included, First Nations artists, Charlie Needs Braces, Robert Bundle, Nathan May and Maurial Spearim, supported by Daniel J Marquez & Ann Metry plus deadly performances by Maylene Slater Burns, SojuGang and the Yung Warriors.
This event was packed with culture, community and an amazing, Black Market.
Supporting the day was Donna Blackall demonstrating and holding a weaving workshop for those attending…Donna not only taught weaving is also a strong storyteller. Kalyani Chill DJ plus Dj Kuku b2b Kuyu (IZY) kept us all entertained in between the live gigs.
The West is home to a long and diverse tradition of Black activism, art and cultural practice. Fittingly, Wominjeka Festival happens on the banks of the Maribyrnong River with a day of ceremony, art, workshops, and performances from recognised and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
This event was supported by locals, community and dedicated people and it showed.
The RESPECT shown to mob demonstrates why this Wominjeka festival has beaten the COVID Lockdown and against the odds came out shining brightly through the hard work of many..Well Done.
3KND were proud to be invited as the Aboriginal broadcaster who broadcast live to air from 3pm -7.30pm.