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School Holidays Arts Program - All images courtesy of FCAC (Footscray Community Arts Centre)

Mark Saturday 14 January to Saturday 21 January 2017 on your calendar as it's when the Wominjeka Festival 2017 is on, at the Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), 45 Moreland St, Footscray. For those of you wondering, it's a rich and diverse program of art, music, performance, film and activities that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Melbourne's west and across the country. Check out the program as cost and venues vary for some events. Keep in mind the freebie events in the program still require booking, for numbers.

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Leah Flanagan - Terrain 2017

Opening night on Saturday 14 January is a big afternoon with programs starting from 2pm and going through to the last program at 10pm till late as follows.

Ngeerang Ngart Kakay from 2pm to 4pm, but the exhibition runs through till Saturday 1 April, featuring a new body of work of traditional paintings and woven objects, using traditional techniques.
Weaving Country also opens on the same day at 1pm, with the exhibition running through till 1 April as well. It's a celebration of the amazing unbroken tradition of weaving and fibre craft in Victoria.
Big Super Day Out from 2pm to 9pm is literally littered with superannuation experts on site ready to help you sort out your Super.
Sit back and relax at 4pm as the country's most loved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists come to roost on the banks of the Maribyrnong river with Wominjeka in Concert, featuring Frank Yamma, along with the Terrain 2017 line-up that'll unleash music to evoke the spirit in your hearts.
The Bart Willoughby Band concludes the evening with their sounds of reggae and defiance from 10pm till late at the Reverence Hotel and cost is $10 at the door.

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Ngeerang Ngart Kakay - Bronwyn Razem

Sunday 15 January is a shorter day from 2pm to 5pm with the Scribe at Wominjeka presenting creative development showings, storytelling and readings. Bookings are essential and this event incurs a cost of $10.

Monday 16 January has Wominjeka Workshops from 11am to 3.30pm and you'll need to book now for a look in at the possum skin armbands with yaraan bundle workshop and the Healers workshop.

The School holiday arts program at Wominjeka runs from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 January from 10am to 3pm, with programs for younger children (6-9yrs) to explore two workshops each day, and the older ones (10-12yrs) engaging in one-day intensives.

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Kutcha Edwards

The Healing Clinic with Miliwanga Wurrben from Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 January are one hour sessions only and bookings are essential for time with a traditional Rembarrgna woman who speaks 8 languages and is a gifted spokeswoman on cultural awareness, traditional medicine, healing, and Aboriginal spirituality and philosophy.

Wominjeka in Conversation on Thursday 19 January at 7pm will have you spending an evening with Elder Arweet Carolyn Briggs and panellists as they explore relationships between arts and sovereignty and the journey to being an Elder, filled with women's stories of their connection to place, politics and power. It's free but bookings are essential for numbers.

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Weaving Country

Friday 20 January at 7pm is when FCAC and Moondani Balluk at VU Present: Black Screen at Wominjeka at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Again, free, but bookings definitely essential. Three of the latest shorts films from Brown Cab Productions will be featured and screenings will be followed by Q&A with the company director and producer John Harvey.

Endings are such sweet sorrow and closing night on Saturday 21 January brings you the legendary Kutcha Edwards in concert with Robbie Bundle at 7.30pm. Again, bookings are essential for an audience with the prolific songman Kutcha and singer-songwriter and muso Robbie.

Little Wominjeka Klub: The Stray Blacks will take you out with their blend of country, rock and reggae, thus closing the week of festivities from 9pm to late at the Reverence Hotel. The program holds details of all of the above events, so be sure to check it out. You'll also find a list of events on the Facebook page.

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Why? Wominjeka Festival 2017
When: Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 January 2017
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), 45 Moreland St, Footscray, VIC
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