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Check out the events you can attend at this amazing Festival
The Pachamama Festival brings together Latin-American and Indigenous artists and storytellers to celebrate cultural connections to land and sky. It will be held on 15th and 16th June, 2018, at Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville.

Funds raised from tickets sales are directed towards social justice, environmental and community development organisations in Latin America and Australia. Here are some of the events that will be available for all to see, during this festival.

1. The Witness - Movie
This is an Argentinian film and is Indigenous stories from around the world. These people have been speaking about "star people" for a long time. They have revealed themselves as shamans or medicine men, through visions.

This is the extraordinary story of one such event in modern times. It features a famous encounter of a young boy named Juan, in the north-east of Argentina in the 1970's. Juan has lived a solitary existence on a remote farm, ridiculed and unable to come to terms with his experience.

The filmmaker, together with the help of famous astrophysicist, Jacques Vallée and Guarani Indigenous elders, begin an epic journey to help Juan in understanding the deep meaning of his close encounter.

You can book for the movie at this link. Cost is just $10 and it will commence at 8.30 pm till 11 pm.

2. Yarn Session
There will be a 4 pm Yarn Session where you can join the Yarn Australia's "Night Sky Storytelling"' session. Here you will hear about Australia's First Peoples' stories from local elders. This should be very interesting as they talk about the different constellations in the night sky and their cultural significance to Indigenous peoples in Australia.

Entry to this session if free and you can find out more and make a booking at this link.

3. Pachamama Opening Night
Pachamama Festival 2018 will uncover the night sky as part of this year's Open Inner West. Opening night is on Friday 15th June and features a mixture of Australian and Latin American rhythms. This will be headlined by the Maroubra Caves Crew and there will be dance performances and video projections.

About Maroubra Caves
Maroubra Caves emerges from a vision of "uniting cultures". This is a way to explore Sydney's rich and diverse world of the music scene.

Here, there will be artists from all over the world. Since its inception two and a half years ago, Maroubra Caves has turned out to be an influential, outdoor gathering in Sydney. It has become a place for more than 10 independent artists and bands and here they have been able to show their art to a welcoming public.

Programmes/performers at this event include:

PATO LARA - Patricio Lara will present songs from his soon to be released album.

DIANA MILOJA - Diana Miloka's stories have become a beautiful tradition in Maroubra Caves. She speaks from her heart and soul about life, love and passion.

AIRE - Aire is a group of Colombianas, guided by the pioneer of Colombian folkloric music in Australia, Francisco Castillo.

Aire is influenced by the music of the Pacific region of Colombia. They revive traditional sounds from the African diaspora, combined with Indigenous sounds.

ANDES TRIBE - Andes Tribe Bellydance Company features Ely Sun, from Argentina, and Javiera Olavarría, from Chile​.

The dance genre is called tribal​ style belly ​dance​.

FERNANDO & LONJA - These are creative people bringing together professional performing artists from different cultures.

THE CAVE BAND - have been performing around Sydney for about 2 years. Pamela Rodriguez is on guitar and vocal, Carlos Arango on guitar, and Fernando Colom on percussions.

Tickets are $10 and you can read more and book at this link.

4. Deep Ecology Workshop
This is a 4 hour workshop which will explore the dynamics between "social and ecological identity".

With a presentation which includes music and poetry, John Seed will show us how to nourish our ecological identity, and much more.

It will be held on Saturday 16th June from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm.

You can read more about this and the facilitator at this link.

Cost of this is also $10 and you can register here.

5. Wild Fibres: Sustainable Basketry Workshop
Wild Fibres Basketry was founded by Ainsley Warner, a fibre artist from Marrickville. Ainsley carefully creates unique and one-off handwoven designs including baskets and jewellery.

You will learn the skills to coil weave a basket by reusing plastic bags and colourful yarn. They are also an excellent entry into basketry.

This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to be creative and learn about sustainability practices and how to transform plastic bags and even old t-shirts or other materials into functional and beautiful objects.

Learn to make baskets

You'll learn all the steps to making a basket as well as two different stitches to create a variety of aesthetics. Workshop will run for 3 to 4 hours and includes all materials and a take-home Wild Fibres Pack.

6. Universe Truffle Making: Chocolate Workshop
Gabi Soares will be taking this chocolate workshop, and Gabi will share her liqueur chocolate truffle secret recipe with you!

Truffle is a type of chocolate made with a ganache centre coated in cocoa powder. You will also learn some chocolate making techniques like piping and dipping, as well as the art of tempering.

You can buy your tickets at this link, and read more about this workshop here.

7. We Don't Need a Map - Film Screening
An intergalactic tale of "rebellion, symbolism and Indigenous astronomy."

This is made by one of Australia's leading filmmakers and it examines the cultural place of the Southern Cross constellation across the Australian psyche back to Australia's first peoples.

This will be on Saturday 16th June from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm. You can find out more and book at this link.

8. Pre-film Yarn Session
We Don't Need a Map is screened in conjunction with Yarn Australia's "Night Sky Storytelling". This session is on before the film. Come listen to Australia's First Peoples' stories from local elders. Entry to the yarn session is by donation.

See all about this festival, its sponsors and much more at this website.
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Why? For a cultural festival with many events
When: 15th and 16th June, 2018
Where: Addison Road Community Centre
Cost: Free or $10 - see article
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