Weaving Bridges Project

A Guringai Festival Event - June 25th – July 15th

To celebrate Guringai Festival 2013, a collaborative project was conceived between Manly Community Centre; Lotte Conradi, community creative; Manly Environment Centre; Warringah Council along with Northern Beaches Aboriginal community members to engage community groups and individuals.

Mural-along-the-bridge

Over 150 people joined together to knit, crochet and weave marine creatures. These individual pieces have created a large textile seascape which is now installed on the Stuart Sommerville Bridge, Queenscliff, and weather permitting will stay – July 7th the start of NAIDOC Week. Yarn to Yarn Workshops were held along the Manly Warringah area over a three month period producing over 250 fish, whales, stingrays and marine creatures. Central to the success of the project was Lotte Conradi, who provided guidance to the workshop participants and co-ordinated the creative aspects of the mural.

Over 100 people gathered at the Queenscliff Surf Club on Tuesday 22nd celebrate the launch of the 'Weaving Bridges Project' which was installed on the Stuart Somerville Bridge, as part of the Guringai Festival 2013.

The launch ceremony was attended by Cllr Jean Hay, Mayor of Manly; Michael Reagan, Mayor of Warringah; Susan Moylan-Coombes, Co Chair of the Guringai Festival Committee; MC Caroline Glass-Pattison, Neil Evers performed Welcome to Country and Robert Waterer, Guringai Elder and author was the guest speaker. Lois & Jessica Birk spoke on behalf of the Weaving Bridges Project group.

The guests were entertained with performances by Cody Costelloe on didgeridoo and Corey Kirk with a stirring rendition of 'Our Island Home'. Following the speeches, morning tea of wattleseed scones, bush teas and bush jams was enjoyed by all attending.

For continuing Guringai Festival events go to www.guringaifestival.com.au

If you can't make it down to Stuart Somerville Bridge at Queenscliff - have a look at the Facebook page.

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