Illustration Mandart by Golia Paymani
Intercultural Lullabies brings together family members from different cultural backgrounds within Mandurah, to celebrate diversity through language and song. Community groups have come together over a three month process to learn Noongar lullabies and translate them into a variety of languages that reflect Mandurah’s unique cultures.
These lullabies have been collected into a songbook prepared especially for the Mandurah community, and will be presented to the wider community at the Intercultural Lullabies Celebration! The songbook cover artwork was created by talented local Mandurah artist and illustrator Golia Paymani. You can check out Golia's beautiful illustrations and prints from her website MandArt.
The project culminated in a public celebration and performance at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
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“I encourage everyone to learn about someone else’s culture and if we do that, we’ll create better respect and understanding of each other. We all have music, we all have traditional songs from our cultures and this is a great way of celebrating how we can come together as a united group with those differences.”
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Composer and Musician
Phil is an award winning singer songwriter. Known for his amazing musicianship, huge vocals and heart-felt, straight-from-the soul, performance style, Phil’s versatility has earned him a reputation across Australia as an all-round entertainer.
Phil started working on the CAN’s Lullabies program in 2019 and has brought with him incredible musicianship and mentoring skills
Language Facilitator and Musician
Charmaine Councillor is a talented Noongar language facilitator from Bunbury. She is a brilliant musician and is the singer and guitarist of her band WARANGKA.
Charmaine is also an author and artist of five children’s books in both Noongar and English and was a consultant and writer for children’s NITV program Waabiny Time.
Her aspirations are to encourage her community to embrace and continue to revive and maintain Noongar Language for future generations.
Elly is an experienced Project Manager with a passion for creating spaces for connections to grow and for people to be heard. She joined the CAN team in March 2020 as Lullabies Project Coordinator and in 2021 moved into a Program Manager role, overseeing both CAN’s Lullabies and Place Names projects.
Since 2012, Elly has worked in a variety of project coordination and facilitation roles in the arts and community sectors including supporting young people to develop social action projects to advocate for their rights and create positive systemic change.
In 2020, Elly coordinated CAN’s Noongar Lullabies from Home project, bringing Noongar artists and families together online to learn and celebrate Noongar language through the creation and recording of lullabies.