Giiyong Festival – Sharing Culture at Jigamy
On 22 September 2018 the Giiyong Festival will take place at Jigamy, just north of Eden. It will be the region’s first multi-art form festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture through dance, art, music, film, theatre, food, sport, workshops and cultural tours.
Giiyong means ‘come to welcome’ in Dhurga, the language local to the Eden and Bega area.
Jigamy is a 58 hectare property situated 9kms north of Eden. Twofold Aboriginal Corporation own the property, which houses the Monaroo Bobbaru Gadu Keeping Place, a fantastic building featuring a huge auditorium and stage, and commercial kitchen with restaurant space overlooking gum trees and the pristine Pambula Lake. The Corporation’s building, the Mamadja Community Centre has a meeting room and stunning surrounds that will also be utilised for this event.
Chris Bird is the CEO of Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, and is working toward establishing Jigamy as a leading destination in the South East for Aboriginal cultural experiences.
“Twofold Aboriginal Corporation’s board, management and staff are very excited to see the festival taking shape. Our vision is ‘to create an inclusive place where Aboriginal people of the Twofold Bay Region are proud of our heritage and are part of the local economy, and to end the cycle of poverty in our community to create a real future for our children’. This festival will assist us achieve this vision and engender pride in the strong culture that exists here. Many events have occurred at Jigamy since the 1970s. This event will really put us on the map nationally and will add to the many other reasons why people visit the Sapphire Coast,” he said.
The Giiyong Festival will be an opportunity to showcase culture and talent from all over Australia and the Torres Strait, and will be the first all-encompassing Aboriginal festival for South East NSW.