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Yilga Opening Celebration

30 May @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Belconnen Community Gallery ‘RESPECT’ series presents:

Yilga

‘Leap’ in Darug Language

A collaborative exhibition of paintings, dance and song with Darug artist, Emma Laverty, and the Tiny Tumblers, Dance Club, and DancEdge groups in celebration of Reconciliation Week.

21 May – 7 June with an opening celebration 5:30pm Thursday 30 May

Belconnen Community Gallery, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen

Opening Times: Mon – Fri 9am-5:00pm

Warami, nyalu Emma. I grew up with elders who would express great sadness when asked about where they were from and cover up their true cultural identity – it was not to be discussed. I therefor couldn’t embrace my own cultural identity until I was older and researched more in my teen years. I found and connected with my tribe, the Darug people, and discovered many sad truths in my family tree.

Yilga represents my passion for the sharing and learning of knowledge in the community with the purpose to stimulate positive conversation, promote cultural education, and build understanding between all Australians. It is a great gift to proudly embrace my heritage and be a positive role model in my own community. When I deliver workshops with Indigenous children in particular, I get a unique view to watching the confidence in their sense of identity grow – and that is such a powerful thing for a young person. With knowledge we can make great leaps in all aspects of reconciliation together. Yanu!

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