wominjeka! This year, we are kicking off narrm ngarrgu | MKW with a welcome to festival with the Djirri Djirri dancers and a performance of song and storytelling by Jessie Lloyd.

The event will start in the State Library forecourt with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, followed by a performance by the Djirri Djirri dancers — the only Wurundjeri female dance group. Djirri Djirri means Willy Wagtail in Woiwurrung, the language of Wurundjeri people, the Traditional Custodians of narrm (Melbourne) and surrounds.

We’ll then head inside the State Library for songs and storytelling by musician and social historian, Jessie Lloyd. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs carry 60,000 years of history, and Jessie will take us on an exploration of the lineages of these traditions, and their influences on contemporary Indigenous music and identity.