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Commonground Festival Arts


Spoken Word Showcase - Saturday 2pm. 

Get ready to hear some powerful voices, because some of Melbourne’s top Spoken Word performers will be gracing the Commonground Festival stage on Saturday at 2pm. Featuring: Arielle Cottingham (2016 Australian Poetry Slam champion), Chalise Van Wyngaardt (A beautiful writer and passionate performer). ‘Lady Longdrop’ aka Kendra Keller (Sensuous, Surreal) and Ee'da Brahim (Founder and Creative Director of Sisters for Sisters.

MC ‘d by poet and long-time friend of Commonground, Rowan White

Experience the best of the spoken word renaissance currently underway in Melbourne.

New Mural by Mick Harding - Over the weekend. 

Local Aboriginal artist Mick Harding will be creating a massive new mural at the 2016 Commonground Festival.

Mick is a well renowned artist and actively involved in coordinating workshops to promote Aboriginal culture through his art and storytelling. “When I create something I express my cultural integrity in place, be respectful of interpretation of my culture, and try to share my story as a Taungwurrung Kulin (Aboriginal man from my traditional country).”

Check out Mick's website for more of his artworks:

The mural is the story of Bunjil the eagle. In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Bunjil is a creator deity, culture hero and ancestral being. It is going to be fantastic to have this story told at the entrance to our main building 'The Wedge'.

Aboriginal Cultural Dance Workshop with Marruk - 11am Saturday at the stage

The Marruk Project is a multi award winning collective of Aboriginal young people and Elders from Swan Hill, Victoria who use the arts as a way to celebrate, share, and maintain Aboriginal culture.  We create powerful theatre and film that reduces racism, celebrates diversity, and provides opportunities for cultural leadership for our young people.  This workshop has been specially designed for Commonground Festival and we invite you to join us to learn our stories, get to know our culture and embody one of our dances yourself. Facilitated by Marruk's young leaders and local Taungurung woman Hannah Morphy-Walsh.