Warrarnku Ninti Festival 5-8 July

Published on Wednesday, 5 June 2024 at 11:10:53 AM

For Immediate Release

4 June 2024

Warrarnku Ninti Festival


The Shire of East Pilbara 2024 is proud to work with the Martumili Artists to offer a spectacular light and sound show at the Warrarnku Ninti Festival, to be held in Newman between July 5-8, 2024 and organised by the Martu people.

Martumili Artists are based in the East Pilbara Arts Centre in Newman, with artists working in the six remote East Pilbara communities which includes Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritjii and draws on strong influences of First Nations art history.

The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area.

Shire President Anthony Middleton said the light and sound show will be a display of local talent and creativity which deserves to be widely honoured and celebrated.

“We are very proud of the artists and their contribution to culture and history in the East Pilbara Shire. From Friday opening night through to Monday closing night the Martumili Gallery Space will be open for viewing.

“The exhibition also features weaving workshops facilitated by Martu artist Kathleen Sorensen, so I encourage every resident to get along to what will be an outstanding event and a celebration of the diversity of artistic talent we hold in this local community.”

The event will respond to the theme of Kujungka (all together in one) in a multi-sensory program of events, featuring the Kulininpalaju Soundscapes, a singular surround sound work created and produced by Tura across the collaboration, available for public listening each day. It also offers an 8-channel sound installation, the Kujungka Exhibition Soundscape, housed within the Martumili Gallery giving audio context to the Kujungka exhibition. The Warrarnku Ninti Sound + Light Show will culminate in a series of evening performances of new sound art pieces composed by Tura from field recording trips with Martu artists, complemented by moving projection animations of the Warrarnku Ninti artwork collection produced by Sohan Ariel Hayes.

The project is a collaboration of Martumili Artists, operated by the Shire of East Pilbara and Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, in partnership with Tura. The event is also sponsored by BHP, the Federal Governments Indigenous Visual Arts Support program and the West Australian department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.  

Kulininpalaju is a long-term creative program partnership between Tura and Martumili Artists, supported by BHP and RMIT School of Art. Tura’s ongoing programs are supported by the by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body and the Western Australian State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.



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