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.
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.
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.
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.