Home' The Dreaming : The Dreaming Programme 2009 Contents a message from the artistic director
Be moved and mesmerised.
Firstly, a big welcome from our custodians to the many of you who have returned,
and to those new friends who have joined us for the first time at the Dreaming.
This year, as we celebrate our fifth year on Jinibara Lands, we are reminded of
how far we have come as a nation. Just a few days ago we celebrated the 17th
anniversary of the historic Mabo decision, and are once again delighted that so
many of our Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters have joined our gathering.
Do visit the Zugubau Zamiak gallery and catch up with some of the mob at
Dancestry. It’s also 28 years since the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act assured the
Pitjantjatjara & Yankunytjatjara peoples of inalienable right to their traditional
lands. Young men and women from the Pit lands bring us a new look at Inma
with the Rikina Inma Dancers - this is quiet an historic opportunity to see Elders
entrusting their dance and expertise into the hands of youth, showcasing ancestral
I urge you to join Professor Mick Dodson, our Australian of the Year, with his
keynote address and I can guarantee it will be thought provoking. I am truly
thrilled that award-winning writer Alexis Wright and acclaimed actor Deb Mailman
join our speakers’ forums for the first time this year.
As we celebrate the beginning of this year’s journey with our opening ceremony,
we also acknowledge and pay respects to a number of our artists and Elders
who have passed since we last met. Sadly the late Les Saxby passed in tragic
circumstances and we honour his commitment and passion for the arts and the
Wonnaruah peoples of NSW.
On behalf of our Custodians, Board of Directors, Executive, Staff, and Volunteers of
the QFF we open our hearts, voices and spirit to you all. The Dreaming will ignite
your emotions and leave you wanting to know more about the world’s oldest
Enjoy, and come and say hello.
Artistic Director, The Dreaming
The worldwide economic crisis brings out the doomsayers, the conspirators, the wowsers,
and that special breed, the itoldyousoists. This is their time. The whole of western
civilisation, some say, some hope, will be brought to its knees. The straw that broke the
camel’s back, it appears, was that a couple of greedy banks in America sold off their dodgy
credit as five star investments and the big banks around the world bought it. We all
bought it. Whatever the reason, tens of millions of people have been thrown out of work,
had their businesses closed and had their comfortable lives thrown into turmoil. If it gets
a lot worse, millions of people around the world will end up in life threatening economic
chaos. Because of two banks?
Underpinning the modern day commerce systems westerners have inherited is a culture
that strives for comfort and security fuelled by an industrial and technological revolution,
which, incidentally, is destroying the planet. Absorbed into our belief systems is that our
rewards will be an assemblage of trophies. These are the prizes for the hard working and
the lucky. Apparently, the system that gives us our trophies is in danger of collapse and
politicians around the world are looking for more robust and enduring solutions.
Meanwhile all around us exist snippets of First Nation cultures that have sustained much
much longer than the western civilisation itself. Inbuilt in Indigenous ways is a reverence to
‘lore’ that wasn’t written in statutes but embedded in their very beings.
Presuming that western nations would rather fight than surrender our trophies and since
western culture in Australia is here to stay, creates an imperative to absorb those threads of
Indigenous Knowledge into our systems.
Festival of The Dreaming is one place and one time where ordinary Australians can
observe some First Nation cultures, witness the struggle of First Nation people maintaining
their lore and expressing their very beings. First Nation cultures have depth, colour and
movement in their art and we think that it’s the expression of Indigenous Knowledge
through their art and their artists that we might find that common ground and common
purpose that can strengthen our rejection of the doomsayers and their like. Then we can
help politicians find those enduring solutions. It’s our obligation.
On behalf of The QFF Management Committee, the Woodford Organising Group, Rhoda
Roberts, our Artistic Director, the volunteers, the artists and presenters and the merchants,
welcome to the 5th Festival of The Dreaming and long may we strive for Indigenous
Executive Director, QFF Inc
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