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Manguri Wiltja

About Manguri Wiltja

Western Australia’s world-renowned Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Melbourne-based children’s theatre company Polyglot Theatre, and Western Australian cultural organisation FORM have come together to create Manguri Wiltja, a body of new interactive work celebrating life in remote Aboriginal communities for young audiences around the country. A unique, cross-artform collaboration, Manguri Wiltja is a performative and interactive installation for children and families which has allowed each of the organisations to explore new creative ground. The collaboration aims to share aspects of Aboriginal arts and culture with children in both metropolitan and remote communities across Australia.

Manguri Wiltja will premier as part of the Revealed 2019 program and will tour nationally to both major cities and regional and remote communities.

World Premiere Details

  • When: Saturday, 13 April, 2019. Two facilitated play sessions from 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm.
  • Where: Fremantle Art Centre grounds, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle
  • Cost: Free
  • Age: Designed for ages 6 – 10. Suitable for all ages and we encourage parents to experience the work alongside their children.

What to expect:

A play area of delicate woven forms, repurposed tyres, and evocative sound invites children and families to explore, listen, and learn tjanpi weaving skills. A wiltja (traditional shelter) of finely woven circles offers space for contemplation. This experimental participatory installation introduces children to the culture and Country of Warakurna, and expresses the playful yet sophisticated aesthetics of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Polyglot Theatre.

Part visual arts, and part participatory play experience combining sound, colour, movement, and tactile elements, the installation is suitable for children of all abilities. If you have specific access requirements, please contact us.



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