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Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee is a festival that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture, and this Saturday is a free day of family-friendly activities in O'Donnell Gardens (St Kilda).
Check out the festival website at:
It sounds to me like a lovely way to spend the day for anyone, but thought it might be of special interest to this group, for those of us interested in experiencing/learning about local culture, especially those of us who may have previously been sheltered from other ways of life and belief and spiritual traditions.
I plan to be there from 1 pm to about 4 pm. There's a "Bush Animals" workshop from 1.30 pm to 3 pm which looks like a fun, light-hearted activity for a group to do together. We can find a place to sit down and have a drink and a chat after.
As always, feel free to bring along partners, family, friends, etc :) and don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions!
This is a live theatre show at the Midsumma Festival that I figured might be of interest to members of this group. Please book your own tickets at the link below, and see you in the foyer of the venue from 1.30 pm (half an hour before the start of the show). We'll also have a chance to get together and chat after the end of the show.