16 Mar ‘14

Weereewa Festival – dance

published on 16 March 2014

See two clever afternoons of dance


Weereewa – a Festival of Lake George was founded in 1999 to celebrate this magnificent ancient landscape in arts and environmental science activities and events. It has since been held about every 2 years. 

This year’s festival theme is AWE – we invite you to share our sense of AWE about the magnificent landscape that is WEEREEWA – LAKE GEORGE. Attend some or all of the twenty two events during this year’s festival. They all offer an insight into the lake’s capacity to inspire awe and wonder in people of all ages and from all walks of life.

On our doorstep in this region we have a landscape whose bedrock is about 400 million years old (Barrow p.3) and which is described in the Register of the National Estate as ‘one of the most important geological features in Australia’ (ibid from the register itself).

Five Aborignal communities claimed rights to Weereewa around 1820 when the Europeans arrived (and declared it to be Lake George after the then King of England): the Kamberri, Pajong/Wallabalooa, Mulwaree, Parramarragoo and Moolinggoolah (Jackson-Nakano p.xviii).

In the not too distant past, the lake hosted flocks of water birds and was used for water sports. It was one of the proposed sites for the capital city, now Canberra.

It is, however, also a source of inspiration for practitioners in the creative industries in our region and it is often through their work that attention can be drawn to the singular value of the lake as an awe-inspiring landscape worthy of our care for future generations.


disAPPEARance @ Silver Wattle Quaker Centre, 23 March


Contemporary dance performance by Mirramu Dance Company and international guest artists. Music by Nitya. from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. $20 per person at the gate. More info: www.mirramu.com or phone 6238 1492.


Walking on water and other miracles, 30 March


Mirramu Dance Company, A Chorus of Women and international guest dance artists present  Walking on water and other miracles, a closing event of the Weereewa Festival 2014, from 3pm to 5pm. Join the dancers after the show for a drink to celebrate the closing of the Weereewa Festival.

In the Ralph Wilson Theatre at Gorman House Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Place Braddon, ACT, Australia.

Tickets online here 

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