Connecting to Country at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

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Connecting to Country at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

The Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre has long been a hub for celebrating aspects of Aboriginal culture, and located on Wadawurrung Country has done so through the use of native plants, workshops and artworks in the gallery. Connecting to Country is Narana’s newest event and takes what the centre has previously done to a new level.

Held over several days from May 19, the celebrations kick off with the opening of the Connecting to Country gallery exhibition. Which art and craft coordinator Devinia Wainwright is quite excited about.

“The opportunity from both aspects [of these events] is endless,” Devinia says.

“Not only the exposure for artists with their work but also the opportunity for sharing stories, for people to learn about our cultures, develop a true understanding of our community, our history and for all to have the chance to capture the true essence and sacredness of our cultures.”

Members of the local Aboriginal community will generously share knowledge and wisdoms, stories, sites and skills with us during the four days of walking, yarning & connecting as a unified community. If you’ve been wanting to get an insight and gain further understanding into the local Indigenous community, this is your chance.

“Artists will be talking about their cultural inspirations that form their artwork, people, experiences, stories that influence their creativity and expression of self,” she says.

On Saturday (May 21) will be the arts and craft market and cultural workshop day. At the market you’ll have the chance to pick up some hand-crafted items, jewellery, ceramics, clothing and no doubt something truly one of a kind.

While you’re there be sure to stop by Narana’s gallery, which year round showcases internationally recognised and emerging Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal artists. There are many collectables to brighten up your walls at home, and Devinia is able to tell the stories behind each artist and their works.

Parallel to the events at Narana, Surfing Victoria is holding the 2016 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles from May 20 – 22 at Bells Beach in Torquay. This year marks the fourth year after the event was reborn in 2012.

“Working with Surfing Victoria through the Australian Indigenous Surf Titles we are excited at Narana to be bringing both the Titles and Connecting to Country Festival together,” Devinia says.

“We will be showcasing some of the surfers profiles, music and artworks along with cultural, art and craft workshops such as weaving, didge art and playing, boomerang carving plus more.”

The three day event will showcase the top 32 Indigenous open males, the top 16 masters men and the top eight open women from across Australia. Entry fields and fees are as follows: Open Men – $66 (32 competitors)Over 35痴 Masters Men – $44 (16 competitors)Open Women – $44 (8 competitors). For more information visit

When & Where: Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Grovedale – Exhibition opening on May 19 & arts gathering market day on May 21