2 Worlds Festival is a unique event celebrating indigenous and western music, art and culture by bringing together some of Australia’s best talent.
It will be held at the Fyansford Paper Mills in Geelong on Saturday 20th October.
This is a not for profit event, supporting the Märrma’ Rom Foundation that is based in Geelong and who run a leadership program empowering indigenous youth.
The inspiration for the Two Worlds Festival comes from the Marrma’ Rom-Two Worlds Foundation. ‘Marrma’ Rom’ translates to ‘two worlds, two cultures or two belief systems’ in Yolngu Matha, the language of the people in Arnhem Land.
The Foundation was started in 2011 by Cam Begg and Melissa Patterson, in partnership with the communities of NE Arnhem Land. It is a leadership program to empower the next generation of young men and women from North East Arnhem Land. The vision of this Foundation is to enable them to walk confidently in ‘two worlds’. These young participants learn about the world in which we live, gaining valuable knowledge and skills that help them thrive in this ever-changing, technology driven society. They become independent and develop ‘life skills’ that enable them to live in both worlds. They will be the role models for their community in the future.
Since 2011 there have been 22 students come through the program, each individual staying for periods of time ranging from 3 months to 3 years. Yirrmal Marika, Yolngu musician, was one of the first participants starting in 2011, has been with MRF for 7+ years. He is still actively involved and one of the organisers of the festival. Yirrmal has developed into an amazingly accomplished musician for his age, performing traditional songs along with western inspired tunes sung with passion and emotion. Yirrmal has been working with mentors Neil Murray, Shane Howard, Archie Roach and Steve Teakle. He has performed at many of the biggest festivals in Australia and has won multiple awards and accolades. Yirrmal aims to set an example for Indigenous youth and to be a strong, positive role-model for the young generation.
You will have seen in the news that the cities of Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi were hit by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake. The earthquake triggered a tsunami along coastal areas in Palu, killing 1,234 people and displacing roughly 50,000 from their homes.
The event has been very personal for us. UnitingWorld staff and our partners in Indonesia have lost friends and loved ones.
More than 4000 vulnerable people in Central Sulawesi who are clients of a microfinance project supported by our partners, Tanaoba Lais Manekat (TLM), have been affected by the disaster. TLM are in the process of evacuating their team there but it will be some months before they are able to locate and assess the impact on the people they serve.
Our Southeast Asia Regional Office staff have lost family members and are waiting for news from friends.
Friends, we are asking you to pray for our staff and partners during this time. We are walking with them as they assess the impact and determine how they are best placed to serve.
If one part of the body suffers, all suffer together with it – 1 Corinthians 12:26
If you would like to support our partners as they respond to this tragedy, please donate through Uniting World at www.unitingworld.org.au
From Chris Barnett, Children and Families worker, Victas Synod:
Here’s something different…the opportunity to contribute to an international survey on Christian faith formation.
My sense is that the greater the number of respondents, the more potential use the survey will be. Let me encourage you to participate!
Being organised by GenOn Ministries (a non-profit organisation in the US), the survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Surveys need to be completed by October 12, 2018, so why not take the opportunity to pause, reflect on your church’s ministry and complete the survey now?
As well as our Mental Health speaker and Outback BBQ fundraiser, the Humans in Geelong expo, featuring groups in Geelong doing wonderful things to make it a better place for everyone, is on this Sunday. Details:
On Sunday 7th of October, Tania Lewis, Lived Experience Educator for Barwon Health Mental Health Drugs and Alcohol Service, will give a presentation on Mental Health at 12 noon at St. Luke’s Uniting Church.
Biography – Tania Lewis
Tania was a policewoman, when, at age 23, she experienced a psychotic episode. She was subsequently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and continued in the force for 15 years, experiencing episodes of psychosis and mania during that time.
In 1997 Tania left the force and pursued her passion as a trainer and educator.
She currently works as a Lived Experience Educator for Barwon Health Mental Health Drugs and Alcohol Service. She is a Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor and also has her own training and speaking business.
Tania undertakes speaking engagements around topics including; an introduction to mental illness, managing mental illness and wellbeing, and how people with mental illness can be supported to remain in their workplace, a topic close to her heart.
Tania lives by the beach on the Bellarine Peninsula. Her dog, Mahla, is her much loved companion and a great source of wellness.
Tania’s presentation is preceded at 11:30 by a Great Outback BBQ fundraiser for Frontier Services, a Uniting Church Agency who provide essential support to remote communities experiencing hardship due to the ongoing drought.