Condo SkyFest 2018

Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC) hosted its 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.

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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 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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The Lachlander, 16 November 2018, p. 3.
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Condobolin Argus, 14 November 2018, p. 6.
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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 6 April 2020.