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Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann. Photo supplied

Senior Australian of the Year and Indigenous artist and educator, Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, will be a headline guest at Renew Fest in May this year.

Miriam Rose, who is from the N gangiwumirr language group in Nauiyu (Daly River) country of the Northern Territory, is well known for bringing the Indigenous way of ‘dadirri’ (translated as ‘deep listening’) to mainstream Australia.

Festival director Ella Rose Goninan says, ‘Deep listening has been a core value for Renew Fest since its very beginning, and was directly inspired by Miriam Rose’s work, so we are very humbled and excited to have Miriam Rose join us this year. There is so much to learn from her, and from Indigenous ways of listening to the Earth, each other, and our hearts’.

‘A regenerative future includes a deep honouring of First Nations people, and a deep openness to the colonial trauma of the past that is still with us today’, added Ella Rose.

Miriam Rose will appear via a live video link, to be in conversation with local Bundjalung elder Judy Atkinson, for the Friday night opening of the festival at the Mullum Civic Hall, and she will also be featured during the festival weekend.

Renew Fest runs May 7 till 9 at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds. Special release early bird ticket sale ending soon.

For more info, visit RenewFest.


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