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Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring presented the 2011 DanceSite event, Wurrpujintta Anyul Warlunjanjjiki – Coming Together to Dance, on the last Saturday of the festival. And come they did! Around 200 dancers and singers travelled to Tennant Creek from across the Barkly, Roper and Central Australia regions to perform under lights at Purkiss Reserve. It was a huge night with over 1500 people watching performances from the hosts, Warumungu Pujjali with Pittangu (Flying Fox), Warumungu Munga Munga (Dreaming Women) and Warlmanpa Milywayi (Snake), and visitors from Alekarenge, Ti-Tree, Papunya, Yuendumu, Borroloola, Mornington Island and Numbulwar.
Performers were welcomed by Warumungu Traditional Owner Mr Jones at a special Welcome to Country at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre the night before.
Thank you to DanceSite coordinators Renita Glencross and Rose Graham, Daniel Lade of Gigtech, Barkly Regional Arts staff including Adrian McNamara and the Winanjjikari Music Centre crew, the Barkly Shire Council, Barkly Work Camp crews, Mr Jones, emcee Gerry McCarthy MLA, and event and festival volunteers for another great DanceSite.
The Barkly Multicultural Association presented its annual showcase of local multinational talent on the first weekend of the festival. The audience at the Civic Hall was entertained by performances and cuisine from the Fijian, Filipino, Thai, Kiribati, British, Indian, Dutch and other communities of Tennant Creek.
The Desert Harmony Community Church Service involved over 60 members of the Uniting Church, Anglican Parish, Lutheran Fellowship, and Australian Indigenous Ministry of Tennant Creek.
Thank you to the chief organiser, Rev John Flaherty of the Uniting Church, and to the staff and residents of Pulkapulkka Kari nursing home for hosting this annual community church service.
Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre presented the inaugural Culture Carnival, which included readings to celebrate the launch of the Barkly Writers’ Ink blog (see the link on the right), an open mic session featuring local musicians and songwriters, Jerry’s delicious damper, and the opening of the Barkly Captured community photographic exhibition in the gallery.
Thank you to Kate Foran and all the staff at Nyinkka Nyunyu for initiating and supporting this event, which we hope will become an ongoing feature of the festival.
Festival Day 2: At Peko Park and alongside the footy oval, kids learned how to hula hoop, play with devil sticks and do acrobatics with Circosis (Sarah and Cooky).
Thanks to our helpers on the day: Ken Kincade, Brad, and Emma Newman.