11 am : Umu preparation Demonstration: The Umu is a traditional way of cooking, and earthen oven, heated by rocks and covered by banana or breadfruit leaf’s to trap heat and cook food.
1pm: Community To’ona’i(Feast) and Samoa Faafiafiaga(Entertainment):
Performances by the Nesian Pearls and the Miss Samoa Victoria Contestants 2019
2 – 3pm: Samoa Language: Sulatoga – Learn the Oration to accompany the giving of Samoan Fine Mats. This particular Samoan Custom is recited by women during the exchange of Fine Mats at formal ceremonial or cultural events, for e.g. traditional weddings, funerals, village cultural gatherings.
Presenter: Miss Samoa Victoria
Samoa Language: Sulatoga – Learn the Oration to accompany the giving of Samoan Fine Mats.
The Blak Dot Gallery Project Room at Melbourne Art Fiar will bring together the work of Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, and New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu alongside local Aboriginal artists Vicki Couzens and Gina Bundle….
DATEFRIDAY MARCH 16
TIME8PM - 9PM
Robert K Champion moves audiences with his haunting guitar music and compelling stories of life, love and loss across the Australian landscape. A Gubrun, Kokatha and Mirning man now living and making music in Melbourne, Robert performs original compositions, a combination of country ballads and melodic songs.
‘Talanoa’ is a word used widely across the Pacific to describe storytelling. Talanoa is a transparent and inclusive dialogue – ‘Tala’ meaning talking or telling stories and ‘noa’ meaning “zero or without concealment”. Centring sharing, warmth, love, humour and respect, the act of talanoa allows for collective empathy and understanding.
Relaunch of “Bima Wear” and meet the women from this iconic Tiwi women's enterprise. Bima Wear was established in 1969 on Bathurst Island, Northern Territory. Bima will showcase its new clothing range on 30 November 6.30pm at Blak Dot Gallery Brunswick. Hope to see you all there.
CONVERSATION EXCHANGE: PLACE AND BELONGING IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET
Blak Dot Gallery in collaboration with The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is proud to present Conversation Exchange: "Place and Belonging in Contemporary Australian Society from both sides of the street", a panel discussion where First Peoples engage in dialogue with culturally and linguistically diverse people.