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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

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

Tjurma Bush Products


Tjurma Bush Products Pty Ltd
(Tjurma is a ‘queen' honey ant within a honey ant nest)

Amata Community
Amata is a remote Aboriginal (Anangu) Community situated in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the far Northwest of South Australia, Australia. Amata is situated amongst the picturesque Musgrave Ranges, approximately 120km south of Uluru (Ayers Rock), 500km southwest of Alice Springs and 1700 northwest of Adelaide.
In early 2007, three elderly Amata Anangu Women were keen to teach younger Anangu how to harvest and make a traditional ointment called Irmangka-Irmangka which harnesses the natural therapeutic qualities of a species of Emu Bush (Eremophila alternifolia), a native plant found in and around Central Australia.
Through the process of making and creating these products we realised that those who were involved were not only preserving the traditional ways of using plants in treating ailments but were also bringing Anangu back together to help pass on traditional practices that have been carried out for thousands of years.

Our project aims are:
• To assist in maintaining traditional Anangu (Aboriginal) practices,
• To develop an Anangu Community Business Enterprise that demonstrates economic independence and sustainability,
• To utilise quality ingredients to make quality products.

Profits are put back into IMPROVING and BUILDING a stronger enterprise and Community.

Sat, February 25, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Mullawirraburka Rymill Park next to Tandanya cnr Grenfell and East Tce



The Visual Arts Fair runs over the festival primarily on Saturday and Sunday in 2012 we trial a night market on the Friday evening as well.  The Art Fair is your opportunity to view and purchase beautiful works directly from the artist! The Fair has been a constant in the Festival and is very popular with those that like to learn about the work from the artists themselves. All profits from the sale of the works goes directly to the artists. A range of styles and mediums are available for purchase at the fair, some of the artists featured are:

Peter Sharrock - Eastern Arrernte descent ‘The artwork itself is also in response to the Australian Landscape. Working with the idea of relationships between the landscapes we live in and the people we share it with. The interaction we have through everyday life. Life is filled with relationships and the memories they leave behind. My work is based on mixing of the old ideas and new concepts found in modern life.'

Tjanpi Desert Weavers
The dynamic arts enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yunkunytjatjara Women's Council, an organisation supporting Aboriginal women living in remote communities in the tri-state region of WA, NT, SA). Adding a contemporary spin to the traditional, women now create baskets, vessels and an astonishing array of vibrant sculptures using Tjnapi (meaning dry grass).

Nikki Carabetta - Baugh I was born Yammagi (WA) and grew up Brinkin (NT) One of my greatest joys is exposing others to my culture through art. My art is indicative of my Aboriginal upbringing and not only does it express my cultural heritage but also my spirit and love for the land and sea.

Burthurmurr Christopher Crebbin Descendant of the Ganggalilda (FNQ) I paint the past and present while looking to the future gaining inspiration and the environment we live in. I enjoy working with colour texture, experimenting with light and shade.

Artists of Ampilatwatja
Ampilatwatja is located in the eastern Desert North of Utopia it is the cultural heartland of the Alywarr nation. The art of Ampilatwatja is strikingly different from that of other Indigenous painting with a much broader colour spectrum and finely dotted landscapes depicting each artist's own particular country or place they have custodianship over.

Ananguku Art
Features works for sale from art centres across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yunkunytjatjara Lands in South Australia. Works for sale are featured from the Our Mob exhibition a state-wide celebration of South Australian Indigenous art.



Fri, February 24, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Rymill Park Visual Arts Market Marquee

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