Two Fires Festival 2015

Carrying the flame of Judith Wright's passions …

Two Fires Festival 2015 - Carrying the flame of Judith Wright's passions …

TWO FIRES FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND ACTIVISM INC (2FF Inc) celebrates the pioneering work of Judith Wright (1915 – 2000), as poet and activist for the environment and indigenous rights. It seeks to explore and build on her legacy of Arts and Activism, and to demonstrate the contemporary and continuing relevance for younger Australians.

2FF Inc creates a Festival of Arts and Activism biennially in Braidwood NSW (begun in 2005), providing a unique and adventurous program with a wide range of creative and intellectual offerings. It may organise other events and gatherings between Festivals, to keep the two fires burning strongly.

2FF Inc aims to position the Two Fires Festival as a unique and nationally significant cultural event, with longterm financial viability.

2FF Inc continues to demonstrate deep respect for the Aboriginal people of this land, by learning from them and strengthening connections with them.
2FF Inc continues to foster literary and artistic creativity and public discourse in the fields of environment, indigenous rights and education.

Reminiscence: A Festival of Judith Wright

Flying Arts warmly invites you and your community of Judith Wright admirers to Reminiscence: A Festival of Judith Wright. Discover the woman behind the name through a rich series of free events, including a performance, discussion and exhibition on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Brisbane at the Judith Wright Centre
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The performance will be a reading based on letters sent between Wright and her partner Jack McKinney, and will run from 1:00pm-2:00pm. The panel discussion is directly after the performance from 2:00pm-3:00pm and will consist of artist Judy Watson, art historian Dr Sally Butler, Great Barrier Reed campaigner Gemma Plesman, and writer, critic and academic Dr Bronwyn Lea.

The official exhibition opening will be from 3:30pm-5:30pm and will feature works by artists Frances Smith and Fiona Rafferty.
Light refreshments will be provided, and cash bar will be available.
For more details, www.curatorsinspace.com or http://flyingarts.org.au/program-event/reminiscence-a-festival-of-judith-wright/

Added Videos…

With many thanks and appreciation to Paul Cockram, we have available his video recordings of the Saturday Night performances…

“JERRA NGIA” performance with Noel Butler, Trish, Phillip,Barry, Shenelle and Tray,

and the unique musical performance of Stephen Rosenburg.

These may be ordered from the DVD Orders page.

DVDs of last festival are available

DVDs are available for order from the menu link above, or HERE.

You may wish to view a 15 minute “trailer” of the video material on offer.
(Click on the small wheel at the bottom and select 720p for best quality)

The videos available cover the entirety of the presentations, typically one hour each video.

Dhurga Rock – in Appreciation to…

FIRST THERE WAS THE VISION…
And very special thanks to the following individuals and groups who gave enthusiastic support and much appreciated advice in the very early stages of this project. Without this the Dhurga Rock may not be taking its place …

  • Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison and Noel Butler
  • Alisha at Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Cath Moore, Michael Merrony, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Jane Alquist, Mary Matthias, Tricia Ellis, Christine Wright, Royce Bucchannan and  Jackie French
  • St Bede’s Social Justice Group
  • Braidwood Life Centre
  • Braidwood Regional Arts Group
  • St Bede’s School
  • Braidwood Greens
  • Braidwood Central School
  • Braidwood and District Historical Society
  • Braidwood Heritage Society.

THEN THERE WAS THE FUNDING…
Grateful thanks to the following for understanding the vision and providing the material support needed to create the Dhurga Rock …

  • Braidwood Community Bank
  • NSW Govt Country Arts Support Funding
  • Braidwood Greens
  • Veolia Mulwaree Trust
  • St Bede’s Social Justice Group
  • Sir William Deane.

AND THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS …
Thanks to Palerang Council for approving our Development Application to place the Dhurga Rock where it needed to be, on public land in central Braidwood.

AND THEN, “TEAM DHURGA ROCK”…

  • Ian Marr & Noel Butler, our extraordinary artists whose work here will be admired for the next tens of thousands of years
  • George Hobart and Family who housed the Rock as it was worked on
  • David Potter, Structural Engineer, for his plans and genuine connection with the project
  • Gordon and Ben Pritchard, builders who seemed to me to work miracles, for their hard work, care and dedication to the Rock’s installation
  • Braidwood Rural and Building Supplies and Glenn Moon, for moving the Rock
  • and last but not least, Council staff involved with forms, inspections and approvals, for their pleasant and helpful manner as they eased our way through necessary Council requirements.

THANK YOU ALL!!!!
Julia Green 16th May 2015

Thank You

The ashes are cooled but not the passion.

To the presenters, participants, volunteers, parents & the
very-welcome Young Blood – a huge vote of thanks.
It was so wonderful.

The weather held.

The Dhurga Rock stands.

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The Local Writers evening was a wonderful kickoff to our Festival. The readings & presentations were diverse and most engaging.
And the nibbles – well – absolutely awesome!

If you are still deciding wether to come or not, please come…. Braidwood and the TwoFires await with open arms. The program of events is exciting, the weather perfect, and you deserve a break!

Kickoff!

Two Fires Festival is READY TO GO!

The “Fire Wood” has been assembled, the Weather is set to be Awesome, everyone is at the starting line.

For those in town tonight (Friday) we have Local Writers’ Evening at Miss Ruby’s Bookshop to warm you up.

The Official Opening is tomorrow at 9:00 am in Ryrie Park.

Check out the Program for all the details.

If you are about to leave, don’t forget to PACK THE BEANIE ‘cos Braidwood mornings can be chilly!

See You There!!!!

Poet’s Breakfast – Note change of venue

CALLING ALL POETS

Poets Breakfast

We are calling for poets to recite/read/perform at the Two Fires Festival’s POETS’ BREAKFAST on the morning of Sunday 17th May between 09:00 and 10.30.

Come and enjoy breakfast at The Old Garage Café (near the museum).
(Normal cafe ordering applies). You may want to consider arriving and ordering prior to 9am – the Café is open from 7am.

Poet ToonThe event is “Open Mike” – where everyone is welcome to add their stage name to the list and read. If you’re a very shy poet, we may even be able to arrange for someone else to read for you (if you notify us in advance).

 

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Thank you to the many wonderful local supporters who contributed to our online crowd funding campaign, recently. We so appreciate your generosity and commitment. If you missed out but want to support, you can still do that on our website or by seeing a Committee Member. Merrie 48422401, Julia 48422283.

Traditional Knowledge Workshops

Baskets 1Hi my name is Veronica (Ronnie) Jordan.

I’m a Kalkadoon woman from Mt Isa, I have been teaching and working with my culture for a number of years.

Come and join me in the Park at 1:30pm to experience Traditional Basket Weaving.

I am a qualified professional weaver currently delivering coil weaving workshops to government, community groups and schools and festivals.

By teaching the cultural techniques of coil weaving it ensures the skill of weaving continues for generations to come.

A hands-on experience empowering participants with a sense of connection, as it was designed to do hundreds of years ago.

Thank you to our Sponsors

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Braidwood Greens, Braidwood Catholic Social Justice Group, The Ake Ake Fund, Braidwood Arts

Paul Cockram & BWD Magazine, Miss Ruby’s Bookshop, Donna Wood and staff of Braidwood Central School, BRAG, Alex Rae and the Braidwood Times, Sir William Dean and private donors.

 And to the many anonymous and private donations received during our crowd funding campaign.

 Special thanks to Garry Owen, Al Harris, Julia Green, Geoff Davies, Richard Green, Martin Royds, Jane Magnus

and George Hobart.

 And all our volunteers.

 This festival has been organized by a volunteer committee.


Braidwood Community Bank

CASP

 

 

 

Veolia Mulwarree Trust

 

 

 

BRAG

Altenburg & Co

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The Imprints Project

‘Imprints’ is a project that is facilitating the celebration of Judith’s life work and the sharing of messages during this window of opportunity. So far, Imprints has organically activated a collection of people coming together in various locations across Australia to create a rich array of offerings…MORE

Tickets

TWO FIRES FESTIVAL 2015 TICKETS

 (No online sales – Purchase at Welcome Gateway to Ryrie Park)

FULL FESTIVAL TICKET ………….. $60 ADULT

 (school age children …………free)

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 EACH SESSION IN ST. BEDE’S HALL …….. $10 at door

(Concession: Gold coin)

SATURDAY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT……. $20 at door

(Concession: $10)

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 ALL ACTIVITIES IN RYRIE PARK ARE FREE

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Linda Burney MP will deliver the inaugural Judith Wright Memorial Address at the 2015 Two Fires Festival.

 

linda photo 1Linda Jean Burney is an Australian politician and the first Aboriginal person to serve in the New South Wales Parliament. She is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and has represented the south western Sydney region of Canterbury for the Australian Labor Party since 2003. She was re-elected in the March 2015 election.

Ms Burney is currently Deputy Leader and also Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Shadow Minister for Community and Family Services, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Disability and Shadow Minister for the Hunter. Continue reading

Ecopoetics presentation – Otherkind

Otherkind: actions, interactions and agencies of other animals and humans in Australian poetry, presented by Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics

How are human and other animal agencies entangled? In this presentation three poets, thinkers and activists read and reflect on human and other than human connections in Australian poetry. Continue reading

Your Support is still needed.

Our official Crowd-Funding site has now closed for donations – THANK YOU to all who have supported us so far!

However your Donations are still sorely needed to enable as much programming for our festival as possible.

This may be accomplished via this Support by Donation link, or on the above main menu bar :)

Cheers,
The Two Fires team.

Braidwood School Workshops

An important aspect of the Dhurga Rock Project recently had a lively start in both Braidwood schools, in the form of a series of workshops in indigenous art, dance and life.

With support from the Two Fires Festival, Budawang elder Noel Butler and his partner Trish Roberts travelled to Braidwood from the south coast to begin a series of workshops aimed at involving our school communities in learning more about the Aboriginal history of this land, and the rich culture intimately connected with the Braidwood area. Continue reading

Braidwood Times Article – Thank You BT :)

Braidwood’s preparation for the 2 Fires Festival continues with the organising committee recently launching a crowd funding initiative on the Start Some Good website

The target is a modest $22,000 and the committee hopes to raise the sum by Friday 10 April to ensure the festival, which honours local resident and poet Judith Wright, will continue.

Started in 2005 the 2 Fires Festival works to highlight Judith Wright’s two passions, activism and art and the 2015 Festival promises another packed program with a particular focus on Aboriginal rights and culture.

A very special part of this year’s Festival will be the unveiling of the Dhurga Rock in Ryrie Park on Saturday morning.

The Dhurga Rock is inscribed with words acknowledging the Aboriginal people who owned and cared for the land that is now the Braidwood district for countless millennia before the arrival of Europeans. A symbol of reconciliation, the Rock is an expression of regret for the dispossession and dislocation of the district’s Aboriginal people.

Local school children will work with Aboriginal Elder Noel Butler and rock carver, Ian Marr to develop designs for the rock.

Chalk SignThe opening will be followed by the inaugural Judith Wright Address to be given by Linda Burney, NSW Deputy Opposition Leader and Wiradjuri woman.

Other planned events (not all confirmed) include a talk by Mark McKenna, University of Sydney History Professor and author of “Looking for Blackfella’s Point”, the screening of a film of the Jimmy Little Opera House memorial concert, Aboriginal dancing and storytelling and a tree planting ceremony in the Judith Wright Community garden on the Bombay Road.

In a significant act of reconciliation Noel Butler has asked that the trees be dedicated to Braidwood’s first European settlers.

The 2 Fires Festival Committee urges all Braidwood residents to go to start some good website and give generously to continue the Festival and maintain the wonderful legacy of Judith Wright’s life work.

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TwoFires Website stretches its wings…

In case you have not noticed, there are two small icons at the top of the page that will take you to our other social media sites – Facebook and Twitter – check us out, and “Say Hello” through those sites. The Sidebar also shows recent activity there. ===>>>

You may have also noticed that we are actively now “crowd-sourcing” funding for the upcoming festival in May. Please take a moment to check out our Funding Site and consider if and how you can help us in staging the festival this year. Grants are almost non-existent now, and we are relying on your support to enable the Festival to go ahead this year.

The Dhurga Rock Project

Braidwood recently celebrated its 175th Birthday. There is little indication in the town that the land it is built on was occupied by Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years prior to European settlement, and no acknowledgement of their forced dispossession.

The Dhurga Rock project will mark an important step towards addressing this, healing past trauma stemming from injustice and losses, and creating a shared future where indigenous history is acknowledged, and indigenous culture valued.

Braidwood community includes a strong and vibrant arts scene, so it is very appropriate that this acknowledgement take the form of a permanent and beautiful work of public art.

The project was initially developed in discussion and consultation with Walbunga Elder Uncle Max Harrison and his family, all of whom strongly support all aspects of the proposal. The Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council have also been consulted and have provided enthusiastic support for the project.
Many local Braidwood groups and individuals are also involved, and strongly support the project.

A monumental piece of Cambrian period slate from Mintaro in the Clare Valley, SA, with engraved hand cut inscription by local artist Ian Marr, in collaboration with Aboriginal artist Noel Butler,will be permanently installed in the main public park in Braidwood.

Ian Marr:

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One face of the Dhurga Rock with be inscribed with words of acknowledgement and respect from the non-Aboriginal community. On other surfaces of the Rock will be carved symbols/artwork/words chosen and created by the Dhurga people, and representing aspects of their history, art and culture.

The two key artists will facilitate a series of workshops to develop concept and design for the project. Students from both Braidwood schools will participate, as well as interested adults.

The Dhurga Rock will stand strong as a permanent monument recognising the importance of the Aboriginal history of this area, and the value and richness of Aboriginal art and culture. It will be unveiled at The Two Fires Festival in May 2015, with due ceremony and celebration. It will be a central focus at all future Two Fires Festivals celebrations in Braidwood.

Noel Butler:

Noel Butler

Australian of the Year National Nominee 2013
Artist in Residence UK 2011
Tour UK Visual and Performing Arts 2009
Tour Poland Cultural Ceremony 2009
Performing and Visual Artist
Australian of the year, regional 2002
Multi award winning Sculptor
Respected Cultural teacher, mentor and trainer
Educator
Award winning Landscape designerNoel Butler 2

Noel specialises in wood carving, engraving and wood burning patterns. Creating art from logs and tree stumps to producing boomerangs and spears by utilising the natural features that exist.