Condo SkyFest

Condo SkyFest 2019

The Wiradjuri Study Centre will host its second CondoSkyFest on Saturday 19 October. This SkyFest will include Brunch with the Seven Sisters, a bus trip to Seven Sisters Ridge near Yarrabandai led by Condo locals, on Sunday 20 October.

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The 2019 SkyFest poster features the Seven Sisters by fibre artists of the Condo SistaShed, as exhibited at the 2018 SkyFest. Photo by SkyFest Coordinator Tennille Dunn, WCC. Poster design by Steven Cavanagh and Maryanne Jaques, Arts OutWest.

Saturday feature events include:

Weaving the Night Sky, an exhibition by Big Skies Collaborator Bev Coe and the fibre artists of the Condo SistaShed (see their 2018 exhibition, Seven Sistas Weavings here >>)

Strong Aboriginal Man, a photographic exhibition by Marion Wighton-Packham

dancing with Galari Bila Waga Dhaanys

stargazing with Donna the Astronomer (Donna Burton) from Milroy Observatory, Coonabarabran

Wiradjuri sky stories with local elders

– Wiradjuri language workshops

– introduction to online science courses in the computer room

– introduction to Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health (UDRH)

Sunday: Brunch at Seven Sisters Ridge, a traditional Wiradjuri knowledge site near Yarrabandai.  The bus leaves the Study Centre at 9.45 am. $30 per person with special family rates available. Bookings essential. Please ring Tennille on 6895 4664 to book for this special event.

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Seven Sisters Ridge, Yarrabandai, NSW, as seen from the Parkes-Condobolin Road, which follows the Transcontinental Rail route. Photo by Merrill Findlay, 2019.








Condo SkyFest 2018

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

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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.

Download the poster as a jpeg here and  pdf here >>

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 exhibition 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. The Sistas’ exhibition is a creative response to Seven Sisters Ridge near Yarrabandai and the related star cluster Mulayndynang, the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, and to other Wiradjuri star constellations.

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.

Visit Big Skies Collaboration and Condo SkyFest on Facebook for updates.

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Condobolin Argus, 14 November 2018, p. 6.



Condo SkyFest was initiated through our Big Skies Collaboration‘s Wiradjuri Skywriters Pilot Project 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.

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Page created 4 June 2018. Last updated 14 October 2019.