Opera star of camp
The first on-country children’s cultural camp in the Karijini National Park will be hosted by IBN Corporation Developed in partnership with Nintirri Centre, Camp Kurlungka will run in conjunction with the Karijini Experience from April 15 to 22.
Highlights will include bushtucker cooking classes with Indigenous celebrity chef Mark Olive, and traditional painting workshops with Newman artist Jacinta Lane.
IBN beneficiary services manager Gail Carnes said the camp program was targeted at children 10 to 15-years-of-age and was a pilot project to lay the groundwork for an expanded program in coming years.
“Camp Kurlungka offers IBN children an opportunity to connect with Country and traditional cultural understandings while also engaging in music, sport and the culinary arts,” she said.
“The parents of the children were also excited about the project because linking culture and country are central to Aboriginal identity and are a key part of a child’s development and selfesteem.”
Throughout the week-long program, the children will be working closely with renowned indigenous opera singer, Deborah Cheetham to compose and produce an original song. A live performance will highlight the final evening of the event.