We were lucky enough to recieve an Australian Government Indigenous Languages and Arts Grant in 2019. This grant enabled us to undertake a very special Cultural Audit with HICSA (Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association). We have gained a deeper understanding of how to honour and respect our Indigenous Families, Community and the Land. We identified that Woi Wurrung Language is on the Critically Endangered List. We designed a project to Identify as many words as we could on site to create interpretive signage in Woi Wurrung. We worked together with Aunty Kim Wandin- a local Wurundjeri Elder, seeking information from Language Specialist - Mandy Nicholson along the way.
We decided to run a festival to celebrate the opening of the signage project. This is the Ngulu Festival.
Ngulu Festival- Honouring Sorry Day and The Indigenous Community.
Ngulu (meaning Voice) is the Official Opening for the ‘Woi wurrung Translations signage’ put up around ECOSS to help preserve the critically endangered Woiwurrung language of the local Wurundjeri people.
The Ngulu Festival Presented by Yarra Valley ECOSS and Sponsored by Australian Government Indigenous Languages and Arts, will comprise of Indigenous performers such as Kutcha Edwards, Amos Roach and Dancers, Wayapa Wuurrk workshop with Michelle Atwell, Welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin, kids Didgeridoo Workshop with Didgeridoo Australia and well known performer and Indigenous fellow Ganga Giri, poetry and more....