Condo SkyFest

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Poster by Steven Cavanagh, Arts OutWest, with image by Bourke firefighter and astrophotographer Scotty Willoughby. Our thanks for your beautiful work.

Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC) hosted the first Condo SkyFest on 9-10 November 2018 with support from Big Skies Collaboration.

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This historic event was held at the Wiradjuri Study Centre, Cnr Cunningham & McDonnell Street, Condobolin, NSW, to celebrate 60,000+ years of astronomy on southeastern Australia’s inland plains.

The Friday evening program featured traditional dancing with Galari Bila Waga Dhaanys led by Dubbo dancers Jamie Mclennan and Adam Wizeman, and a guided tour of the night sky with astronomer Trevor Leaman and members of Central West Astronomical Society. Plus two exhibitions openings: Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney’s Wiradjuri Skyworld, or Wiradjuri Murriyang, and Seven Sistas Weavings by master weaver/Big Skies Collaborator Bev Coe and fibre artists from the Condo SistaShed which responds creatively to Seven Sisters Ridge near Yarrabandai and the associated star cluster Mulayndynang or the Pleiades, as well as other Wiradjuri dreamings.

Saturday’s program included workshops in Wiradjuri language, boomerang throwing, traditional weaving, children’s activities, dancing in the bora ring, and more stargazing.

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The Lachlander, 2 November 2018, p. 3.
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The Lachlander, 19 October 2018, p. 1

WCC’s Executive Director Ally Coe hopes the Condo SkyFest will become an annual event. He sees it as an opportunity to pass on traditional sky lore, inspire a new generation of stargazers and celebrate the wonders of Condobolin’s dark nights. “SkyFest also has the potential to attract thousands of astro-tourists to our Shire every year and benefit the town in so many ways,” he said.

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SkyFest poster launch: Cultural officer Tennille Dunn and Wiradjuri Study Centre director Ally Coe with the young Kirby cousins, Tamera, Aaliyah, Izayah, Rashard and Avah posing for the local press. Photo Merrill Findlay, 8 October 2018.

This event was initiated through our Big Skies Collaboration‘s Wiradjuri Skywriters Pilot Project in 2018 with financial support from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and  Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation, with in-kind support from Arts OutWest and other groups. We hope, it will grow from a local celebration of 60,000+ years of astronomy in Wiradjuri Country into a major astro-event on our Inland Astro-Trail.

 

 

 

Page created 4 June 2018. Last updated 12 November 2018.

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