– 2021 EVENT POSTPONED –
Unfortunately due to COVID 19 developments
SkyFest 2021 has been postponed.
A new date for 2022 will be announced shortly.
Condo SkyFest Miima Warrabinya
Condo SkyFest Miima Warrabinya is a free community celebration of Wiradjuri Culture and Continuity in Condobolin, NSW, a small Inland town at the heart of Wiradjuri Country. Feature events include Traditional and Contemporary Aboriginal Dancing, workshops, original live music, stalls, exhibitions, indigenous food, augmented reality projections, lantern-making, lantern parade, stargazing, storytelling, and a blazing grand finale.
Condo SkyFest Supporters Dinner
A unique dining experience for Friends and Supporters of the Condo SkyFest Miima Warrabinya featuring a three-course meal prepared by Indigenous chef Gerald Power from Orange, NSW, with guest speaker/s and exclusive previews of SkyFest events, including traditional and contemporary dancing, augmented reality projections, giant sky-lanterns and a guided tour of the Milky Way and its many stories with local and visiting stargazers.
Miima Warrabinya: Reaching for the stars
Condo’s Third SkyFest, 3-5 Sept. 2021
Condobolin’s third SkyFest: Miima Warrabinya will be held at the Wiradjuri Study Centre on the 3- 5 September, Mr Ally Coe, Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation’s CEO, announced this week.
“This year’s SkyFest will be a truly stellar occasion with a very inclusive program that will delight people of all ages and of all backgrounds,” he said.
“Like so many other events last year, the 2020 SkyFest had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions, but the lockdown gave us extra time to plan for 2021 and apply for grants. Some of our submissions were remarkably successful, especially our applications to Regional Arts NSW.”
“This means that we’re able to offer events that have never been seen in Condo before. Our SkyFest program now includes specially choreographed ‘sky-dances’, original music compositions, a parade of illuminated sky-lanterns, interactive virtual reality projections, stargazing with professional astronomers, indigenous food, stalls, exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, an unforgettable grand finale, and some surprise guests,” Mr Coe said.
“In other words, something for everyone — because we want the entire Condo community to be part of this celebration.”
In the months leading up to SkyFest, the Wiradjuri Study Centre will host a series of skill-sharing workshops. On 23 March, for example, lantern artist Phil Relf, from Ikara Celebratory Events in Newtown, will work with Bev Coe and the artisans of the Condo Sista Shed to develop a series of huge sky-lanterns for a spectacular sunset lantern parade. The following day, he will hold a master class at Condobolin Primary School with Condo’s Arts and STE(A)M teachers so they can show their students how to make lanterns and decorate them with sky-themed images, such as stars, planets, spaceships, and constellations for the parade.
“We’d like every student in Condo to make and decorate a lantern,” Mr Coe insisted. “We’ll be awarding really good prizes for the best decorated lanterns and offering the winning lantern-makers a lap of honour after the parade!”
SkyFest will also feature some very special ‘sky-dance’ performances. Wiradjuri choreographer and dance teacher, Jo Clancy, will visit Condo six times between April and September to establish a new female dance troupe and co-create dances with them to tell stories about Wiradjuri people’s relationships with the night sky. The monthly workshops will begin with a fun Tic-Toc party on Monday April 12 at the Wiradjuri Study Centre. Anyone interested in contemporary Aboriginal dancing will be welcome.
The existing male dance group, Galari Bila Waga Dhaanys led by Steve Taylor, will also feature prominently in SkyFest 2021.
The lantern parade and dances will be accompanied by specially composed music, which is expected to include songs in Wiradjuri language by Condo language students, and a percussion ensemble of djembe and other drums. More details of the SkyFest music program will be announced soon.
For more information about Condo SkyFest: miima warrabinya please contact Kristie at the Wiradjuri Study Centre on 6895 4664 or use the contact form below.
Ally Coe WCC CEO pointing at the stars as painted by Darren Cooper in his mural in the Wiradjuri Study Centre’s art room.
Photo by Merrill Findlay.
Some of the Sistas at the Condo SistaShed with some of their lantern experiments. From left, Aleesha Goolagong, Zanette Coe, Bev Coe, Charmaine Coe.
Photo by Merrill Findlay, Feb. 2021.
Master weaver Bev Coe with lantern maker Phil Relf of Ikara Celebratory Events, Newtown, December 2020.
Photo by Merrill Findlay.