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Join us at the start of the world famous Bibbulmun Track for a day of creativity, cultural connection, inspiration and self care.
Making Time is an immersive wellbeing experience for the arts and community development sector offering a choice of hands-on creative activities and inspirational presentations and performances.
Supported by the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and Lotterywest and presented in partnership with the City of Kalamunda this special one day event is situated in a stunning bushland location in the Perth Hills.
Learn about Noongar culture, join a healing ceremony, learn how to make your own Noongar story doll and create bespoke woven bush creatures. Hear professional wellbeing advice, be inspired by the power of story sharing, experience innovative theatre and round off your day with a networking supper and World Music Cafe performance.
December 9 | 9:00am - 5:30pm
Kalamunda Community Centre | Crescent Road, Jorgensen Park
Local Government and Private Corporation Staff - $85
Arts and Non-Profit Organisation Staff - $50
Artists and Concession Card Holders - $35
Catering by Nimrod Kazoom included in the ticket price.
|9:30am||Welcome to Country|
Culturally Connecting to WIRN, GNAARK, BOODJA
Sister Kate's Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation: TJ Mia and Alta Winmar
|10:30am||Morning Tea Break|
|11:00am||Looking After Yourself|
|12:00pm||Lunch break | Craft and Culture|
Interactive Dollmaking Workshop hosted by Geri Hayden
Interactive Weaving Workshop hosted by Sharyn Egan
Guided Bushwalk: Connecting to Culture on Country hosted by Nick Abraham
|2:15pm||The Power of Sharing Stories|
Nadia Heisler and Sisonke Msimang / Centre for Stories
|3:15pm||ARCO showcase and discussion|
Adam Kelly and James Berlyn / Western Australia Youth Theatre Company
|4:15pm||Salama music and dance performance and networking supper|
World Music Cafe
|5:30pm||End of Event|
This is an alcohol free event. We look forward to welcoming you to Making Time.
Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation
Welcome to Country & Cultural Healing Ceremony
Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation will deliver a Welcome to Country and Cultural Immersion session on Country near the start of The Bibbulmun Track - a significant site where Whadjuk Elders would welcome Noongar people as they walked the track from Albany and other areas in the Noongar nation to attend ceremonies.
This gathering will enable attendees to immerse themselves in the protocols of Noongar practices that enrich a person’s experience in connecting to each other and the natural world - a major consideration when walking and talking on Country, and enabling a further appreciation of cross-cultural sharing as a collective.
Looking After Yourself
With an emphasis on connections to land, sea, culture, spirituality, family and community, Shona will guide an interactive small group session on how to support your physical, psychological, professional, and spiritual self-care.
Shona is a registered psychologist in private practice with 20 years experience working in the arts sector. The focus of her work includes performance, creativity, communication and complex systems. Shona has a keen interest in best practice models that attend to the whole person with compassion and curiosity.
Interactive Dollmaking Workshop
Geri Hayden has been a strong leader in the Community Development and Cultural Advisory space, working with Aboriginal Education Policies, SWALSC, and CAN as both Narrogin Coordinator and Chairperson of the Aboriginal Advisory Group. Since 2010 Geri has also been involved in CAN’s doll making projects, which have evolved into a form of cultural transmission, encouraging strength of identity and pride. Now an accomplished textile artist, make time during the lunch break to join Geri to yarn and create your own dolls from recycled and found materials.
“It was like the dolls helped us talk old times. A lot of us didn’t know where each other come from and who is the families and what families are together. The dolls helped us get a sense of belonging and they started to put people together.” - Geri Hayden
Interactive Weaving Workshop
Hosted by acclaimed textile artist Sharyn Egan, over the lunch break we invite you to get involved in the hands on and meditative experience of weaving and learning about Noongar culture, the significance of animal totems and looking after animals and Country.
“I see the value in the workshops being therapeutic in nature. I hear lots of yarning and laughter from the women and their children during the workshops. There is a strong feeling of personal accomplishment, a sense of belonging and a better understanding of one’s own community.” - Sharyn Egan
Connecting to Culture on Country
Walk with Nyoongar guide Nick Abraham as he leads us through the culturally significant bushland around the top of the Bibbulmun trail. Nick will share stories of how the Nyoongar people lived, the importance of culture, language, values, relationships, responsibilities, wisdom and social structures. Nick is the founder of Warrang-Bridil - which means enlighten to knowledge.
Sisonke Msimang and Nadia Heisler
The Power of Sharing Stories
The Centre for Stories presents a session in which Nadia Heisler will share a personal story, then be joined in conversation with Sisonke Msimang to talk through the process of learning to tell stories that are vulnerable and empowering, helping the storyteller just as much as educating and delighting the audience.
Nadia came to Perth from Brazil a decade ago to learn English. In the process she’s had many adventures and has learned a lot about herself and the power of love. Sisonke is the head of training at the Centre for Stories and has worked with Nadia to support her storytelling journey.
Adam Kelly and James Berlyn
ARCO Showcase and Discussion
In 2020 neurodiverse performer Adam Kelly collaborated with Artistic Director of Western Australia Youth Theatre Company James Berlyn to create a show that immerses the audience in Adam’s world. The production is touring our state, our country and the world. Hear Adam’s story and what it means to him to share his way of being with the world.
Salama - World Music Cafe
Sharing of Food & Music
Join us to round out the day at supper with a performance by the amazing Salama band presented by World Music Café. Salama band is a collective of Indian Ocean natives (La Réunion, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar) and other artists of diverse origins (New Caledonia, South Africa, Israel, Brazil, Benin, Congo and Mali) all sharing a passion for Maloya.
Maloya is a percussion-based cultural treasure with a complex and painful history, born out of slavery, developed clandestinely and banned by the French authorities until 1981. Today Maloya is associated with ancestry, Creolisation and blissful freedom. Salama (meaning in Malagasy language ‘How are you? I am good! healthy, wealthy) is grateful to be pioneering in the sharing of Maloya in Australia.
Experience powerful live music and dance, catchy melodies and upbeat rhythms, singing in Malagasy and Creole languages. Join us for an authentic celebration of freedom!
Morning Tea, Lunch & Supper Catering
Nimrod devotes his time to catering and mentoring through the World Music Cafe initiative, which supports refugees and international students with integrating into life in hospitality and in Australia. Through his catering he serves food inspired by the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, mothers, grandmothers, imagination and innovation, bringing home flair to home style and traditional cuisine.