The Colour and Sound of My Totem

Saturday 06 May 2023 - Sunday 07 May 2023

Images by Nick Harrison, from 'The Colour and Sound of My Totem' Art Play Sessions

Imagine yourself roaming through the bush... Scurrying across the red earth of the desert... Climbing rocks on the shoreline...

What native animal would you be?

A totem is a spiritual guide an Indigenous Australian has connecting them to Country. Join Kokatha /Mirning musician Bart Willoughby, visual artist Frances Loriente, Wiradjuri soprano Shauntai Batzke and Yvonne Rigney, a Ngarrindjeri/Kokatha dancer, in a series of workshops that culminates in an exhibition and performance with the artists.

Through workshops children will create instruments exploring their totem. Work on a group sculptural totem. Learn traditional dances and create their own movements to explore their chosen totem. They will work together to create lyrics for a totem song and learn to jam on various instruments, combining music and lyrics and melody to create a song.

Children will gain experience and develop skills in various arts practices for the performance and exhibition at the final workshop for parents and friends. Moving through the stages of exploring, developing, creating, rehearsing and presenting interpretations of their chosen Totems in art, music, dance, words and song

Suited to children aged 5-10 years old.

Children can attend single workshop sessions or all the sessions. Discounted tickets apply for multiple session bookings and for family group bookings.

Saturday May 6th 1pm - 3:30pm
Sunday May 7th 10:30am - 1pm
Sunday May 7th 1:30pm - 3:45pm

Tickets: $10 single session, $20 all session pass per child, $20 Family pass single workshop (up to 3 children) $40 Family all session (up to 3 children).


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Date and time:
Saturday 06 May 2023 - Sunday 07 May 2023

Burnley Backyard, 49 Tudor St, Richmond