2 March 13
The Melbourne Didgeridoo and Cultural Festival introduced us to the large Westerfolds Park in northeast Melbourne where the Mia Mia Gallery of Aboriginal art is located. Yesterday, the gallery precinct at the top of the hill was transformed into a thriving market and entertainment space as didgeridoo players, groupies and appreciators of Australian Indigenous arts came together to celebrate.
Col’s drums sound absolutely amazing. He donated one as the festival’s raffle prize, and I’m sorry we didn’t win it!
As well as browsing the market stalls and listening to the music, we enjoyed exploring the gallery precinct. The art gallery has an amazing collection of Indigenous artworks for sale, although they particularly ask visitors not to photograph them, so I can’t share the details with you.
Our girls were thrilled to be reunited with their travelling friend Lily whose father was performing today as part of the festival. Jesse Lethbridge is a brilliant didge performer as well as a creator, and he was very well received by those who have his didgeridoos or know his music.
The vibe at Didge Fest was relaxed, inclusive and authentic. Stall-holders interacted very personally with browsing customers, and our girls loved buying little Australian toys from one friendly vendor. Although the program dictated the line-up, musicians improvised, inviting other performers on stage with them.
I’m glad we got to spend more time with the Lethbridge family again. Seeing Jesse play is a treat, too, and the girls love playing with Lily. With all this — and more — happening at the Didge Fest, this was a memorable outing in the wonderful city of Melbourne!