Set in the stunning Winton Wetlands, the Mokoan Music Fest promises to be a delightful and unique music experience with the great outdoors as its majestic backdrop.
The Mokoan Music Fest sees Winton Wetlands working in partnership with Living Culture Together and Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Winton Wetlands will be brought to life with music and arts that celebrate its connections to the earth’s oldest and newest living cultures.
Multicultural Arts Victoria cultural development worker and facilitator Anita Larkin said it was the fi rst time the festival had been run.
“It’s part of the Winton Wetlands’ autumn events program,” she said.
“It’s about celebrating connections to the oldest cultures and the newest cultures.
“We have a program of indigenous music with opera singer Deborah Cheetham and Dhungala Children’s Choir and The Deans.” There will also be Ethiopian jazz, Japanese hard country blues and a spiral art installation by Benalla P-12 College.
The installation explores indigenous themes of time, place and caring for country.
Ms Larkin said the event came about because Winton Wetlands was developing an autumn events program and Living Culture Together received some funding to bring Deborah Cheetham to the area to do a residency with the indigenous children in Benalla in October.
“We wanted to have a concert with her earlier in the year to introduce the community to her and show them what’s possible,” she said.
“In Benalla the most signifi cant Aboriginal site is Winton Wetlands so we approached Winton Wetlands about running this event there.” Together the various groups decided to pull their resources and create the Mokoan Music Fest.
Local Koorie engagement support offi cer and Living Culture Together facilitator Lyn Thorpe said this was an important project not only for indigenous people but for the broader Australian peoples.
“This is about social change and creating new and exciting collective actions that honour and respect Aboriginal ways of connecting to country, place and people, and that share knowledge and create meaningful experiences,” she said.
“It’s also about making new knowledge and building respectful and genuine relationships across generations, communities and cultures — all towards creating and nurturing a vibrant Living Culture that we can all sustain and grow together.” Ms Larkin said it would be a great day out for families, with people encouraged to take along a picnic blanket and soak in the atmosphere.
“There’ll be some children’s activities, there will be an indigenous barbecue,” she said.
“It’s just a good day for a picnic out in the sun.” The Mokoan Music Fest will be held on Saturday, May 14 from noon to 5 pm at Green’s Hill, Winton Wetlands, Boggy Bridge Rd, Benalla.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children, children under 5 are free.
For more information and bookings, visit www.wintonwetlands or phone 5762 1192.
Culture showcased at festival