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Word for word – Songlines

Sunday 4 February 2018, 5–7pm

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Bay Window, Main Hall

Join us as we explore the languages of Australia’s first peoples, against the backdrop of our Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition. Journey with speakers Sarah Burr, Paul Collis, Lizzie Ellis and Nardi Simpson as they introduce and define their favourite words and explain how they defy translation into English.

Bir’yun, for example, is a Yolŋu word which denotes qualities of sparkle, glitter and shine. It is sometimes used by artists nearing the completion of a bark painting, when suddenly the energy of the ancestors comes alive on the bark – and it becomes bir’yun.

Words can carry so much more than a single meaning. They can carry knowledge, story, culture and a way of being with the world.

Presented in partnership with The Poet’s Voice.

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