Cul­ture and fun at Kar­i­jini

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

The pro­gram for the fifth an­nual Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tures an im­pres­sive line-up of cul­tural, culi­nary and fam­ily events.

An ar­ray of per­form­ers, artists and lo­cal tal­ent will fea­ture in events and ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the five-day ex­pe­ri­ence from April 11-15.

Nin­tirri Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive James Jarvis said they were try­ing to repli­cate the suc­cess of last year’s event while adding new and ex­cit­ing el­e­ments to the pro­gram.

“Year on year there was about a 100 per cent in­crease from 2013 in terms of vis­i­tor num­bers,” he said.

“This year we’ve scaled it back down to a five-day event but we still be­lieve that we’ll prob­a­bly end up get­ting about 1000 vis­i­tors.”

Mr Jarvis said the Ex­pe­ri­ence would al­low tourists, both Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional, to con­nect with indige­nous cul­ture.

“You’ve got this re­ally un­known but mag­nif­i­cent as­set that’s sit­ting out there that can pro­vide the cat­a­lyst for con­nect­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, the sto­ries and the his­to­ries that they have, with this de­sire for non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly in Aus­tralia, to ac­tu­ally learn about their coun­try,” he said. “It’s is a cul­tural im­mer­sion ex­pe­ri­ence that cel­e­brates Abo­rig­i­nal song, dance, food, cul­ture in ex­cit­ing ways in this two-bil­lion-year-old can­vas that we’ve got out there at Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.”

There will be tool and weapon mak­ing and didgeri­doo work­shops, bas­ket weav­ing ses­sions with Mar­tu­mili artists from New­man, as well as a num­ber of indige­nous per­form­ers.

Bush tucker gu­rus Fer­vor will be re­turn­ing to the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence for the sec­ond year.

The pop-up restau­ra­teurs will pro­vide food for the Culi­nary Ex­pe­ri­ence as well as an in­ti­mate de­gus­ta­tion din­ner at a mys­tery lo­ca­tion.

Fer­vor events and hos­pi­tal­ity man­ager Stephne Pronk said they were priv­i­leged to be a part of the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence again.

“We had a fan­tas­tic time last year and were treated like fam­ily and it was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, so we are very ex­cited to re­turn this to visit old friends and make new ones,” she said.

Many of the events and ac­tiv­i­ties are free, but there are a num­ber of tick­eted events, in­clud­ing the Opera in the Gorge show, pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops, the Tjaabi Show and ad­mis­sion to the Moon­rise Lounge.

Opera in the Gorge will see the Kar­i­jini Wir­larra En­sem­ble per­form­ing along­side a WA Sym­phony Or­ches­tra string quar­tet.

Photographer Dan Avila is the artist in res­i­dence at the Ex­pe­ri­ence this year and will be con­duct­ing two pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sions at Hamer­s­ley Gorge and Fortes­cue Falls.

The pro­gram also in­cludes fam­ily friendly events in­clud­ing work­shops, WASO con­certs, kids’ yoga ses­sions and a red dirt disco.

Ms Pronk said the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence is a spe­cial event.

“I don’t think any­one that has ever had the plea­sure of vis­it­ing the Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park has not yearned to go back, and this is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“It is an in­ti­mate event, of­fer­ing a di­verse pro­gram for guests of all ages, and a great op­por­tu­nity to learn more about and cel­e­brate the re­gion and tra­di­tional indige­nous cul­ture.”

Early re­lease tick­ets are now on sale from the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence web­site and vis­i­tors can reg­is­ter for free events. See kar­i­jini

ex­pe­ri­ence.com.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Alec Tucker, Wayne Stevens and Mait­land Parker sing to­gether as the moon rises at last year’s Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence.

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