Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Poetry and more on the program

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE Yala Gari poetic language and storytelling program is returning for another year, offering Year 6 students from Alexandria Park community schools and nearby Green Square in Sydney the opportunity to create, record, publish and exhibit poetry.

Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi poet Lorna Munro is teaming up with her brother Lyall to lead the workshops, encouraging the students to explore connection to country, culture and language through poetry, music, digital media and visual arts.

At last year’s Yala Gari program, Ms Munro created poetic works with students, that were then featured on banners around Redfern in celebration of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Our Languages Matter’.

Red Room Poetry is running Yala Gari as part of its Poetic Moments program, which artistic director Tamryn Bennett said exposes audiences to poetry in unexpected places.

“Celebrating first languages and culture through poetry has been incredibly empowering for our poets and the Redfern community,” she said.

“Expanding the Yala Gari program in 2017 will continue to encourage and respect first languages through poetic artworks in the public arena.”

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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