AND OFFICIAL OPENING
SMOKING CEREMORY AND OFFICIAL WELCOME
LIGHTING OF THE HEARTH
Gather for the ritualistic Lighting of the Hearth Fire where we will make and mark our place of gathering and ceremony. Wadawurrung elder Uncle Bryon Powell will Welcome us to Country and perform a Smoking Ceremony, taking fire from the Festival hearth-fire. During this time we will begin the process of creating Clooties (cloths) that will be imbued with our hopes over the festival weekend.
Join us for the Lighting of the Hearth as we warm up our spirits for an amazing festival experience.
Fri: 7:00PM Village Hub / Fire Hearth THEN MOVE TO PARKS HALL FOR FESTIVAL OPENING.
THE HOUSE OF SONG
The spirit of the House of Song is about encouraging people to sing traditional songs in their many forms. Generally speaking, the focus will be on unaccompanied singing. It is not a stage performance, but rather, the House of Song is a place for sharing songs and singing, or you may prefer to join in with other singers or simply listen. The House of Song invites all to experience the tradition of singing and to appreciate traditional song. Scots singer Fiona Ross will host the House of Song.
Saturday 8:00pm Upstairs @ Grand
Gathered on stage will be some of the hottest fiddlers in town. This amazing concert is a chance to experience the diversity of stylistic and emotional breadth of these solo fiddle players. Make sure you don’t miss this concert.
HOST MARY MCEVILLY