This award-winning Aboriginal history and living culture festival will this year be celebrated beyond the confines of Reconciliation Week. While the first event of the annual program, the Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture (free), will continue to be held on National Sorry Day (26 May), other events like the weaving and painting workshops, and the Corroboree will this year be held throughout the year to provide a wider variety of events and opportunities to learn about local Aboriginal history and culture. Many of the events are free, however tickets need to be booked to ensure a seat.

In 2017 this productive partnership between Wadawurrung and The Sovereign Hill Museums Association won a prestigious national MAGNA from Museums Australia and a HART Award from Reconciliation Victoria for the contribution the Gnarrwirring Ngitj/Learning Together program makes to the sharing of knowledge and understanding across the Ballarat region. As a not-for-profit community organisation, The Sovereign Hill Museums Association believes it has an important role to play in conveying the history we share with our Aboriginal community members, from colonial conflict, to goldfields cooperation between the miners and Wadawurrung people.

The most popular event in the Gnarrwirring Ngitj program – the Corroboree – will this year be performed by full moon on Friday 23 November. It is hoped that by moving this annual event from Reconciliation Week to November we can expect a warmer and more comfortable evening, for both attendees and the dancers themselves. Tickets will be available to this event shortly.

This year’s Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture will feature Federation University’s Professor Ian D. Clark, who will speak about his recent research into Yarley Yarmin.

Entitled ‘Of One Blood – An Appreciation of the life of Yarley Yarmin a.k.a. Johnny Phillips, the son of Bullip Bullip (King Billy of Ballarat), 1848-1901’, this lecture will challenge the ‘myth’ that Mullawallah (a.k.a. William Wilson) was the ‘last of the Ballarat tribe’, as well as showcase Yarley Yarmin’s extraordinary life. Tickets are free but a seat must be booked through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-gnarrwirring-ngitj-lecture-tickets-42696205500

Full details of all Gnarrwirrig Ngitj/Learning Together events can be found at: http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/visit/what-s-on/gnarrwirring-ngitj-learning-together/

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