On Tuesday 10 November Country Arts SA and the District Council of Yankalilla presented Nunga Screen as a part of NAIDOC week celebrations. This is the first time Nunga Screen has been shown in Yankalilla and over 70 community members came out in support of this great initiative.
The sounds of local Ngarrindjeri man, Owen Love playing the digeridoo, could be heard as people arrived at Club Fleurieu. The evening began with a sharing of music from Owen and singer/songwriter Kylie Kain. The Club Fleurieu were generous and supportive hosts, providing a perfect venue for an evening which was dedicated to bringing communities together to share in culture. We were fortunate that local Kaurna elder, Susan Roberts and her daughter Janaya, were available to offer a greeting in language to open the evenings program.
Nunga Screen has been Inspired by the National Film & Sound Archive’s Black Screen program, Nunga (Aboriginal people of southern South Australia) Screen is presented by Country Arts SA and the ‘Give up Smokes for Good’ campaign from Drug and Alcohol Services of South Australia (DASSA), with support from the South Australian Film Corporation.
Unfortunately, the evening was bought to an abrupt end when a spectacular lightening show shut off all the power in Yankalilla. As there were still five movies to share with the audience plans are underway to show these films at a later date.
The feedback from the evening was very positive and we look forward to hosting Nunga screen as a regular NAIDOC event in coming years.