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Dress the Central West

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

Dress the Central West's first performance at the Tree of Knowledge festival in Barcaldine.

On Thursday, Central West Aboriginal Cooperation (CWAC) met with Red Ridge Interior Queensland (RRIQ) to create a fantastic opportunity for those in the Barcaldine region. This opportunity will celebrate our indigenous heritage, reflecting and educating the central west region as to who we are, and where we came from. So what is this opportunity all about? Red Ridge is partnering with CWAC and three other communities to create a fashion parade, incorporating each counties culture and heritage within the outfits created. Teaming with Fashion designer and business owner Claudia Williams, from llani Creative, each outfit will represent the history and traditions of each town involved in the project. For Barcaldine, we at CWAC have chosen to take this opportunity to reflect on our indigenous languages, an important aspect in educating the future generation. But for this project to work, we need your valued support and participation to help bring our culture to centre stage. To kick-start the project, we invite you to come along and attend a creative workshop, wherein we will be painting symbols and designs that relate our languages on cloth. These paintings will then be used to create, under the guidance of Claudia Williams, a beautiful outfit that represents our culture. With the help of our community, our fashion piece will eventually be paraded along with designs from Longreach, Blackall-Tambo and Winton. The resulting fashion show that will present our final pieces will be held at regional events.

The first workshops will be held on the 24th to the 25th of November 2018 at the Red Shed on 49 Boree Street, Barcaldine. Attendance is free and all are welcomed to join us. To get in touch, please call (07) 4651 6003.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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