(26/3/2018) Inaugural Woylie Festival starts tomorrow | City of Fremantle

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26 March 2018
(26/3/2018) Inaugural Woylie Festival starts tomorrow

Celebrated storytellers and artists Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Kim Scott are among the featured writers to be appearing at the first Aboriginal Australian Kids Story Festival in Fremantle this Easter.

Presented by Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts in partnership with the City of Fremantle, this free event showcases Aboriginal stories through book displays, writer and illustrator presentations, exhibitions of artwork, oral storytelling, dance, song and film.

Also known as the Woylie Festival, the event will run from Tuesday 27 March until Tuesday 3 April in the Moores Building and courtyard area at 42–46 Henry Street, Fremantle.

The festival’s artistic director Cassie Lynch said the Whadjuk people, on whose traditional land the festival will take place, refer to Fremantle as Walyalup, meaning place of the woylie.

“I take great pride in knowing that the hundreds of children attending our school sessions will be hearing ancestral stories of the land they are standing on,” Ms Lynch said.

“In gathering some of Australia’s best Aboriginal storytellers in one place I hope to spark new collaborations and encourage emerging Noongar writers and illustrators to get their work into print.”

The festival is open to all ages, and parents and educators are encouraged to join younger readers and story-lovers in celebrating Fremantle’s Aboriginal stories. Theresa Walley and Kim Scott are both festival patrons.

It opens tomorrow with the 3-day school program, where over 500 school children will hear stories and participate in collective artwork with Aboriginal writers and illustrators.

The public program opens on Friday with Family Stories Day, featuring a Welcome to Country, stories, dance and music.

For program details and more information visit the Fremantle Story website.