Media release: Whale Festival 2017
Returning for its third successive year, the Whale Festival celebrates the annual Gawura (Eora word for whale) migration season with a day of interpretive stories and dance inspired by a series of distinctive engravings, carved thousands of years ago into the Vaucluse landscape.
The Gawura migration signifies revitalisation and birth of a new generation, a unique and ongoing story of Aboriginal connection to country. Sydney Living Museums’ annual Whale Festival invites visitors on a journey of interpretation to help understand this special story shared by many different Aboriginal communities.
Join us on Vaucluse Beach Paddock for the traditional Smoking Ceremony by Dwayne ‘Naja’ Bannon-Harrison and Welcome to Country by, Aunty Vivienne Mason, both from Yuin Country to set the scene.
As the tide of Sydney Harbour slowly begins to rise, experience the significance of the whale to Aboriginal culture through dance performances from Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness and the Djaadjawan Dancers.
Fred's Bush Tucker will cook up local fish which provides a cultural connection to the harbour for the local Birrabirragal people, while inside the Vaucluse House kitchen, Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling will be cooking up some traditional whaler’s ‘pot luck’ seafood stew referencing Sydney’s early whaling industry.
Be inspired by the whale engravings and create your own scratch art and don’t forget to visit historic Vaucluse House, and take a special tour offering a snap shot of how the products of whaling were part of the Wentworth’s lifestyle over a century ago.
The Whale Festival program is part of Sydney Living Museums’ cultural calendar.