Connecting people to land
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.
Soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham performed at the 2015 event.