“Congratulations on a fabulous job organising such a spirit filling event. I came away feeling so spirit full I had uncontrollable tears, I can’t explain it better than this” - Audience member
The community of Mandurah experienced the magic of CAN’s Lullabies at the Intercultural Lullabies performance at Mandurah Arts Festival. Led by dynamic duo Charmaine Councillor and Phil Bartlett, a choir of 24 Mandurah community members performed in front of an enthralled audience last Sunday.
The Intercultural Lullabies celebration opened with dance and drumming performances by different Mandurah cultural groups. Local Bindjareb Elder, Elsie Ugle, gave the Welcome to Country and the Bindjareb Middars dance group then followed by inviting audience members to share in First Nations Culture.
The Intercultural Lullabies Choir took the stage and sang 3 Noongar Lullabies translated into 6 languages. With beautiful songbooks in hand, audience members were able to follow the Choir, try out singing in different languages and admire the stunning artwork featured in the songbook by local creative Mandart by Golia Paymani, who brilliantly illustrated the essence of the Mandurah area.
Footage of the performance captured by Peter Cheng and Drew Kendell will be shared with all who missed out, but with enquiries about future events already coming through we’re sure this won’t be the last chance to experience the magic of the Intercultural Lullabies Choir.
The Intercultural Lullabies performance was the culmination of the project run in partnership with the City of Mandurah over the last 4 months as part of Mandurah Arts Festival. Over 50 Mandurah community members have taken part in workshops to learn Noongar lullabies, share their own country's lullabies and languages and connect with First Nations culture.
Providing for many an opportunity to meet and learn from First Nations people, this project has shown the enthusiasm for intercultural connections between multicultural and First Nations communities.
CAN has been blown away by the impact and engagement from this intercultural version of CAN’s Lullabies program.