Over the past week the Love Punks and the Yijala Yala crew descended upon Canberra. Its not everyday you get to meet a Love Punk, but Jenny Macklin and Prime Minister Gillard did.
11-year old Love Punks Baldhead and Supa Maxie and their grandmother Allery Sandy travelled to Canberra in February to present at the Reconciliation Australia RAP Showcase with Woodside at Parliament House. “We met Julia Gillard,” said Supa Maxie, “She said ‘I wish I had face paint like you guys.’ I gave her a Love Punk name of Coolia Jillard.” Baldhead added, “She should know us because we’re the Love Punks from Ieramugadu.”
They were later joined by Violet Samson, Violet Coppin, Shamara Lockyer and Josie Alec to workshop Hipbone Sticking Out at the Canberra Theatre Centre and to begin making connections with the Canberra community. As part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations, the crew from Ieramugadu met with members of ACT’s Wreck Bay community, showed their films and held a dance workshop at Jervis Bay School and went on a cultural tour of Tidbinbilla National Park. We were also lucky to have a cultural exchange with the Wiradjuri Echoes Black on Track program, who performed a number of welcome dances and sat in on rehearsals. Bruce Carmichael from Canberra Theatre Centre and Robyn Archer from the Centenary of Canberra also came by to see how its all going.
Another highlight of the Canberra trip was attending the 5th anniversary concert for the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, where we all met Kevin Rudd. Nelson now wants to “want to go and live in Canberra, stay with my Uncle Rudd.”