Con­nect­ing peo­ple to land

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Tick­ets for the ma­jor Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence events have gone on sale as de­tails of more ac­tiv­i­ties, both paid and free, are added to the week-long fes­ti­val.

Events added to the sched­ule in­clude pho­tog­ra­phy, in­dige­nous art and song work­shops, and an IMF Deadly fun run.

They join the big ticket events of Fer­vor’s de­gus­ta­tion din­ners and opera in the gorge, as well as the many free ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer dur­ing the week.

Nin­tirri Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Sarah Kemp said the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence was about cel­e­brat­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural val­ues of the in­land Pil­bara.

“This is about pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence the area in a way you wouldn’t usu­ally get to see it,” she said.

“By pro­vid­ing peo­ple with re­ally con­nected ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­tu­ally be­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment like the na­tional park work­ing with in­cred­i­ble artists and pho­tog­ra­phers, it re­ally con­nects you to the land.

“We’re open­ing (art work­shops) up and hope­fully if enough come this year it could be­come a reg­u­lar fea­ture.”

Roe­bourne Art Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Rex Wider­strom said guests would have the op­por­tu­nity to sit with artists and talk about their cul­ture and how that is re­flected in their work.

“Par­tic­i­pants will then be given can­vas and paints and asked to paint their sto­ries,” he said.

“A foray will be made into the park to col­lect items the artists and the par­tic­i­pants might want to use in paint­ing, be it the red earth to mix with paints, or sticks to paint with or fo­liage to use to spread paint or to stick on the can­vas.

“We’re hop­ing to ex­tend the un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Roe­bourne Art Group’s work to a wider au­di­ence, and to help peo­ple find a way to ex­press their emo­tions and sto­ries through art.”

Free ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the mak­ers mar­kets, el­ders’ af­ter­noon tea, kids paint­ing work­shops, acous­tic jam ses­sions, guided walks and var­ied in­dige­nous education ex­pe­ri­ences such as bush tucker, tool mak­ing and spear throw­ing.

“What we’re try­ing to do is cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment which is al­low­ing peo­ple to have quite in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ences through lots of small events,” Ms Kemp said.

Buses will be run­ning from Dales Gorge camp­ground and the eco-re­treat for the ma­jor event, as well as from Tom Price for the moon­rise lounge on the fi­nal night.

Pic­ture: Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence

So­prano and com­poser Deborah Cheetham per­formed at the 2015 event.

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