Our Stories | Something on Saturday | 4 Aug – 25 Sep 2020

Our Stories – Dreamtime Stories for Children

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday

Three storytellers from Aboriginal language groups across South Australia are sharing their cultural knowledge as part of a free online experience presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday program.

Available from 4 August 2020, Our Stories invites viewers to take a seat around the proverbial campfire to hear from Senior Kaurna Man Uncle Mickey O’Brien, Ngarrindjeri Elder Aunty Stephanie Gollan and young Adnyamathanha woman Ema Bovoro.

The launch coincides with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, with young people aged seven years and older encouraged to immerse themselves in the virtual event.

Our Stories includes a basket weaving demonstration with ‘Aunty Steph’, who shares the unique coil technique her people have passed down from generation to generation.

We’ve been using this technique for thousands and thousands of years, so by teaching it to others online, it’s telling an old story in a new way,” Aunty Steph said. “It’s still very popular, because it’s quite easy once you know how to get started with the first few stages.”

The collection of campfire stories is followed by an illustration workshop with Adelaide-based Yorta Yorta artist, illustrator and graphic designer Karen Briggs, who recently released her third children’s book. Karen talks about her illustration process and demonstrates how to create a storyboard.

As part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s centrED program, schools can download the Our Stories learning resource featuring exercises for students to explore their creativity through storytelling.

Our Stories was made possible with help from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Development: Project Assistance grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The video can be viewed HERE until 25 September 2020

Audiences are also encouraged to check out the Families at Adelaide Festival Centre Facebook page for behind-the-scenes insights and other updates.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website.

What:   Our Stories – Adelaide Festival Centre

When:    From 4 August – 25 September 2020

Where:   Online (link above)

Who:   Ages 7+

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Image Source: Adelaide Festival Centre

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