29 Sep 2021 Once Only Event
Join the Djirri Djirri Dancers for a fun-filled workshop where the kids will learn traditional Wurundjeri dances and how to sing in the Woiwurrung language.
The Djirri Djirri Dancers are the only Wurundjeri female dance group and have performed at Tanderrum, the opening of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Djirri Djirri means ‘Willy Wagtail’ in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people, the Traditional Custodians of Naarm (Melbourne) and surrounds. The Willy Wagtail, the Spirit Bird, created dance.
Many of the dancers have danced since they were young children, while others have learned as adults. The dances are created to honour Liwik (Ancestors), Kerr-up-non (Family), Biik (Country) and animals. All the Djirri Djirri Dancers are all related by blood through one woman: Annie Borate, William Barak’s sister.
The Djirri Djirri Dancers teach participants how to sing in the Woiwurrung language, their Mother Tongue.
Recommended for ages 6+. For girls and/ or non-binary of any ages and boys aged under 13 only. Children under the age of 9 need to be accompanied for the whole workshop by a parent or guardian. Adults do not need to pay for a ticket.
Once Only Event
29 Sep 2021