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.
Bring the family along as we celebrate Mandurah’s cultural diversity!
On Sunday 7 November starting from 2pm, take part in a variety of free, family-friendly multicultural workshops and activities for Mandurah Arts Festival. From 3.30pm gather a songbook and watch the lullaby performance begin!
Sing-a-long with the choir, as they perform lullabies in multiple languages, including Noongar, Tagalog, Igbo, Esan, South Sudanese Arabic and Indonesian.
You are invited to come and yarn, sing and celebrate Mandurah’s diverse cultures and languages! In these workshops you can learn lullabies in multiple languages including Noongar, Tagalog, Igbo, Esan, Sudanese Arabic and Indonesian. Led by Noongar musicians Charmaine Councillor and Phil Bartlett, these free workshops are not to be missed.
No singing experience required. Friends, family and children are all welcome.
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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 a community music making enthusiast. With a passion for creating connections and opportunities for people to be heard, Elly has worked in a variety of roles including coordinating arts and health projects, supporting young people to develop social action projects and empowering young people with an Out-of-Home Care experience to advocate for their rights and create positive systemic change.
As a recent member of the CAN family, Elly is coordinating CAN’s Lullabies project. Lullabies brings together Noongar families to learn and celebrate Noongar and use these language skills in creative outlets including songwriting, lullabies and doll making.
In her spare time, Elly loves being outside running and biking, making music and singing with friends.