A Day of Ideas
Beneath the Surface
Across one special day we bring together storytellers, artists, Elders, scientists, musicians and philosophers for a series of talks about the river, the city and the people who live in and around this place.
Dr Richard Walley OAM is a Noongar musician, artist and leader who plays a central role in stewarding culture. He opens the session with words of wisdom about history, philosophy and the power of rivers.
RIVER’S MOUTH: DAA
When CY O’Connor set out to build the Fremantle Harbour, it was seen as an impossible task. By the time it had been built in 1903, it was seen as his greatest triumph. Questions remain about the social costs of this engineering feat on local Noongar communities. Join Viv Hansen, Richard Walley and others for a conversation about the history of the river and its mouth.
THE GUTS OF THE RIVER: KORBAL
Dr Noel Nannup, storyteller, cultural guide and mentor, takes the conversation further, wading into a discussion about the ecological richness of the river and the ways it has been changed by those who settled its shores.
The river cuts through low and high density areas, with the environment having a large impact on the health and wellbeing of our children. Colin Pettit, WA Commissioner for Children and Young People, deepens the discussion on the river, looking at the people who live along its edges and how they are faring.
THE RIVER: BILYA
The day ends with a conversation amongst women; those who serve as the umbilical cord and connect the water to community. Led by Nan Roma Winmar an inter-generational panel of leaders tells tales of water, life and regeneration.
|Time & Location||
Sat 13 Feb
10am - 5pm
Eligible for package discount
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