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Celebrating the Nyoongar Winter Season
Makuru is the Nyoongar word for the winter season. In June and July Nyoongar people would return to inland hunting areas to stock up on fire tools and bush medicines for the heavy rains and cold nights ahead. Now the inaugural Makuru Arts Festival from 1 – 13 July offers everyone a chance to experience some of these Nyoongar traditions in Kalamunda and the nearby bush.

Makuru Arts Festival
image: (Artwork by Aurora Abraham)

Proudly supported by All We Need Is Right Here, the Shire of Kalamunda and LiveLighter, the Makuru Arts Festival is also part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. The festival offers a variety of events including art, music, food and cultural bush walks.

The LiveLighter Bibbulmun Track Sculpture Exhibition will feature artwork created by community members. Everyone can enter and there are prizes for different categories. Artworks must be created from found natural items like feathers, gumnuts and branches. Entry is free but participants must register and attend a sculpture workshop where traditional Nyoongar construction techniques will be demonstrated. Note that registration is required by 4 July. Download the brochure for complete information and registration.

As well as the Sculpture Trail, the Zig Zag Gallery will host the Makuru Art Exhibition featuring a variety of works related to the Nyoongar winter season.

On Sunday 6 July cultural tour guide Nyoongar man Mr. Leonard Thorn will lead a free walking tour on the Bibbulmun Track, explaining the significance and uses of the local plants. The tour leaves from the Kalamunda Farmers Market at 10:00 am.

Makuru Arts Festival
Bibbulmun Track marker (photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, Wikimedia commons)

Sunday 13 July is Festival Day. The Festival will coincide with the Sunday morning Farmers Market and add music, speakers, bush tucker and more. Visitors will be entertained by the Madjitil Moorna choir singing in indigenous languages and English, Phillip-Walley Stack singing with A Kapella Munda and the Kalamunda Swing Band collaborating with Festival Director Della Rae Morrison.

The Festival celebrations will run from 8:00am – 2:00pm, giving visitors plenty of time to shop and enjoy the day.
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Why? Celebrate the oldest culture in the world
When: Festival Day is Sunday 13 July, other events from 1 July
Where: Kalumunda
Cost: Free
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