Celebrating culture, survival and revival at Four Winds

Local musician Robyn Martin will perform with guests as part of the impressive line-up for Survival Day at Four Winds on Tuesday, January 26. Photo: Asha Kidd
Local musician Robyn Martin will perform with guests as part of the impressive line-up for Survival Day at Four Winds on Tuesday, January 26. Photo: Asha Kidd

People from all walks of life are invited to gather with Yuin people and celebrate culture, survival and revival, sharing through music, dance and story.

From 11am to 4pm on January 26 at Four Winds there will be live music from Richard Luland, Ronnie Thomas and the Gadhu, Dreaming Band, Ronald Callaghan, Robyn Martin and guests, the Djinama Yilaga Choir and Dr Lou Bennett, Dale Huddleston and Gabadoo.

Cheryl Davison, Yuin artist and Four Winds aboriginal cultural producer said, this is a day for communities to come together and celebrate our survival, and to heal.

"It's about not forgetting who we are as a people, and about being on Country. We're also showcasing our local talent," Ms Davison said.

Event manager Rodney Kelly has been organising Survival Day celebrations in Bermagui for many years.

"He has done this for the past seven years, all with donated support from the locals. Many businesses in Bermi and surrounds have contributed to this day," Ms Davison said.

Mr Kelly said it's the first year the event will be run at Four Winds, having previously been held at Dickinson Oval in Bermagui.

"Having it at Four Winds gives us a better place and bigger venue to gather out of town," he said.

"The event started as a small gathering and has been growing over the years, hopefully this year will be even bigger than previous years.

"I started the event so we could come together and learn about the past and talk about things, what this day means for people and their feelings about it.

"It's not just for Aboriginal people, it's for everyone to come together and learn about the past - spend the day with us and take it from our point of view what this day means to us.

"Our mob here first saw the coming of the boats. Who was to know what would come of that, the loss of Country, and loss of language?" Mr Kelly said.

Djinama Yilaga Choir will perform at the Survival Day event at Four Winds next week. Photo: Ben Marden

Djinama Yilaga Choir will perform at the Survival Day event at Four Winds next week. Photo: Ben Marden

Mr Kelly hopes to raise money throughout the day to further support Aboriginal cultural programs in schools, and to reinstate Little Yuin Preschool's breakfast fund, which was recently halted.

"It's Rod's vision to be able to pay for more people to be involved in the cultural programs - he is leading this and leading in the community," Ms Davison said.

Create and inspire producer Lara Crew said Four WInds are proud and happy to be supporting the Yuin community in this way.

"It is important that non-indigenous Australia understand our past and its continuing impact," Ms Crew said.

This is a family-friendly drug and alcohol free event, there will be a sausage sizzle and Elders seafood lunch.

Bring your own lunch and sun protection, water fountains are on site for refilling bottles.

This is a free event and registration is required.

More information can be found at: www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/

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