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click to download the 2012 Spirit Festival Program in PDF
Click here to download the 2012 Spirit Festival Program in PDF



As you sit before Palti Yerta dance ground with the night sky above, you will experience a tradition that is ages old as visitors to Kaurna Country you're presence is welcomed with a smoking ceremony performed by Paitya Dance Group, you will hear Kaurna language sung by the Kaurna Plains Choir who will bring to the festival the spirit of youth. Created specifically for this welcome Grayson Rotumah and Jamie Goldsmith on Yidaki perform an evocative musical fusion of past and present sounds. The Kaurna nation will then perform traditional cultural dances to formally welcome you the audience and performers to the Spirit Festival on Kaurna country.

As a gesture of appreciation and a custom that connects Indigenous culture's songlines and trading routes across the nation, a formal exchange of gift ceremony will be performed by the visiting dance groups from the Torres Strait Islands and Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara dancers and singers from central Australia. This half hour ceremony allows the dancers to perform on Kaurna land and secure the relations between the groups involved.

In all, the Spirit Dance Ceremony will showcase a wide variety of genres from contemporary to traditional dance. This three hour ceremony brings together a unique collaboration of dances from across the country. We have carefully selected a balance of performance not only on the merit of their performance but necessity of their involvement. Please sit back and allow yourself to be immersed in this very special event.

Gina Rings
Artistic Director



Sat, February 25, 2012 - 7:30 PM
Mullawirraburka Rymill Park cnr Grenfell and East Tce

Workshops Forums & Children’s Activities


FREE Workshops and Forums will be held throughout the day between 11:00 - 5pm for all ages. We encourage all adults, parents and caregivers to accompany their children and participate in the workshops together.

SAVE THE CHILDREN'S PLAYSCHEME - A safe, friendly fun space to play for children 0 - 5 years and their families. Qualified Early Childhood Workers will provide culturally appropriate play based activities, including crafts, art, kinder-gym and imaginative play to support children's education and enjoyment.
Play area times Saturday and Sunday from 11am

SILK PAINTING - Pilawuk is a teacher and artist. Her language groups are Ngangiwumerri / Ngangikurrungurr,NT. Her country, Malfyin. Pilawuk will tell the Dreaming Story from her country called 'Mic Mic-Water Rat'. Children then paint the Creation Story on silk (28cmx28cm) which can be taken home. Allow 30 minutes to an hour for the workshop. Maximum per group is 10. (Suitable for 3-15 year olds.)
Workshop times: Saturday 1:00pm

DRAWING & STORYTELLING - Brenton McKenna is a young Indigenous artist and writer from Broome in WA. Brenton is passionate about art and telling stories, which began with his interest in comic books. Brenton loves sharing his passion for storytelling in picture form with young people. If you've got an idea for story and you'd like to learn how to draw a character to tell that story, OR you have a character you've drawn and you'd like to create a story around your drawing then this workshop is for you. Materials provided (Suitable for all ages)
Workshop times: Saturday 3:00pm & Sunday

Learn to weave using traditional techniques and materials! Throughout the Festival there will be weaving workshops in a range of weaving styles using reeds as in the Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna styles or Tjanpi (dry grass) with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Materials provided (Suitable for all ages)

Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri Weaving
Saturday 11am - 2pm Sunday 2pm - 5pm
Tjanpi Desert Weaving
Saturday 2pm - 3.30pm Sunday 11:30 - 1:00pm

Ngangkari are Anangu traditional healers, who have received special tools and training from their grandparents. They will discuss the different ways they received their powers and tell remarkable stories related to their lives as Ngangkari and their connection to the spirit world and the age-old healing of the Pitjanjatara people.

Forum Time: Saturday Midday  


Mullawirraburka Rymill Park next to Tandanya cnr Grenfell and East Tce

Pilawuk White


SILK PAINTING  & STORY TELLING WORKSHOPS-  Pilawuk is a teacher and artist. Her language groups are Ngangiwumerri / Ngangikurrungurr, her country, Malfyin is in the Northern Territory. Pilawuk will tell a Dreaming Story from her country called 'Mic Mic-Water Rat'. Children then paint the Creation Story on silk (28cmx28cm) which can be taken home.  Pilawuk's workshops are festival favourites with a range of ages, materials are supplied and you should allow 30 to 60 minutes for the workshops.   Maximum per group is 10. (Suitable for 3-15 year olds.)

Ngaiyi wur Ngangiwumerri ngi - My language is Ngangiwumerri

Dedair ngaiyi Malfyin - My country is Malfyin

Ngaiyi Ngukume Awin -My Dreaming is Black Bream

Workshop times: Saturday 1:00pm

Sat, February 25, 2012 - 1:00 PM
Mullawirraburka Rymill Park next to Tandanya cnr Grenfell St and East Tce

Dr Dylan Coleman


Dr Dylan Coleman is key note speaker of the Wongaidja Wave Writers Program. She is the  2011 winner of Arts Queensland's David Unaipon Award for her manuscript ‘Mazin' Grace, the story of a young Aboriginal girl's quest to understand her identity. Dylan will discuss her own journey and approach to writing.   


The Writers program is proudly supported by UniSA's David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research


Sun, December 25, 2011 - 1:00 PM
Mullawirraburka Rymill Park next to Tandanya cnr Grenfell St and East Tce



ON THE BRINK - presented by Ananguku Arts in association with Spirit Festival 2012

22 - 24 February 2012

Statewide conference for Indigenous artists and arts workers as well as community and government agencies working with Indigenous artists.

Wednesday Feb 22 10am - 4pm Professional development sesssions, pricing, marketing, copyright and legal issues, developing relationships with Galleries.

Thursday Feb 23 10am - 4pm Workshop  - Philanthropy 1.01 with Russell Smith and Helen Morris Building Bridges Indigenous Access & Australia Council for the Arts present - PHILANTHROPY 1.01 - INDIGENOUS PHILANTHROPY WORKSHOP

All you need to know about accessing private philanthropic funding for your project.

As public funding becomes increasingly oversubscribed for arts, health and education projects more and more Indigenous organisations are looking to the philanthropic and corporate sectors to help realise their ambitions.

The Building Bridges team offers professional, interactive and practical workshops for Indigenous grant seekers and organisations. The full-day sessions focus on increasing the knowledge and understanding of philanthropy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and on facilitating greater access to philanthropic sources. They provide participants with up-to-date information and resources, and guide them in developing strategies and approaches to funding opportunities. Many Indigenous groups and organisations are not aware of the potential of philanthropy to support their projects. Building Bridges provides grant seekers with the knowledge and tactics to pursue philanthropic funding and create change in their communities. These workshops generate valuable insights and directly enhance opportunities for their participants.

Friday Feb 24 10am - 4pm Symposium  - On the Brink Managing your Arts Business Chaired by Cathy Craigie

Free event with lunch provided please register interest by email to or call 8227 2236 and leave your details


Wed, February 22, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute 253 Grenfell Street Adelaide 5000

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