• Ossie Cruse's hat, Giiyong Festival 2018 by Angi High

Aboriginal Arts Development

South East Arts proudly supports Aboriginal arts and culture in our region. We work continuously with visual artists, musicians, dancers and writers to connect with audiences, build their artistic practice and develop their arts business skills and networks. Our work in this area employs a range of strategies based on advocating for enhanced Aboriginal arts and cultural expression, professional development opportunities and greater access to cultural infrastructure and events.

Giiyong Festival

Giiyong Festival is the only Aboriginal arts and cultural festival in the south east, presented in partnership with Twofold Aboriginal Corporation. This first Giiyong Festival in 2018 featured over 100 Aboriginal musicians, dancers, singers, speakers and presenters, ranging from professional acts to community groups.

This free, family-friendly event welcomed 6000 people, which included a significant number of Aboriginal festival goers. The event provided an important platform for our Aboriginal community locally and nationally to showcase their culture and have their voices heard and respected. The next Giiyong Festival at
Jigamy (south of Pambula) will be in September 2020.

Music Development

Grow the Music is a regular collaborator with South East Arts, delivering music residencies in the region to support emerging talent. In 2018, Grow the Music worked with Aboriginal students from Eden and Bega High Schools to create original songs and complete music videos. Grow the Music came back to the region prior to Giiyong Festival to help the students prepare for live performances of their songs and stayed on after the event to work intensively with Gabadoo and Chelsy Atkins, in collaboration with the Docker River Band.

In 2019 this collaboration will continue to support musicians around the region.

Bundian Way Gallery – Delegate

South East Arts curates exhibitions for the Bundian Way Gallery in Delegate, promoting the work of Aboriginal visual artists from the region and beyond. Since 2013, over 11,500 people have visited the gallery during that time, with significant artists sales totalling $27,500 and gallery commissions supporting the Delegate Progress Association and Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Support us

To enable us to continue the sharing of culture through projects like Grow the Music, the curation of the Bundian Way Gallery at Delegate, the capturing and passing on of language and the promotion and support of Indigenous artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers from Snowy Monaro, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley we need your help.

You can donate now to South East Arts’ Public Fund – all donations over $2 are tax dedcutible.

Support will help us continue our valuable projects throughout the Snowy Monaro, Bega Valley and Eurobodalla. Please see more information HERE