A truly unique Australian experience proudly presented by Djilpin ArWWS_SmallBoyts Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian Shakespeare Company.

WALKING WITH SPIRITS

WALKING WITH SPIRITS offers you the exclusive chance to experience the ancient Aboriginal tradition of corroboree while enjoying the stunning lakeside beauty of Malkgulumbu (Beswick Falls) in the Northern Territory, a remote sacred site not normally accessible to the general public.

Be part of a small number of visitors from across Australia and the world who join Beswick-Wugular Community to celebrate their vibrant culture. Once a year, for one night only, the ancient art of corroborree is interpreted with music, story, song and fire in the spectacular setting of Malkgulumbu on Jawoyn country. An experience unlike any other.

 

View images from past  Walking With Spirits  events at  Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Listed in the Sunday Age Explore Magazine as One of the 20 Great Events to Get You on the Road

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Saturday 26th July 2014
The road to Beswick Falls will be open from 12 noon on Saturday, entry will not be permitted before this time. Camping will be available for Saturday and Sunday evening. All patrons are asked to leave by 12 noon on Monday 28 July. The performances start at sunset around 6pm to 6.30pm on Saturday night and last up to three hours.

TICKET PRICES:
Adult $145
Concession $110 *
Child (5 to 15 years) $60.00

* Concessions is available to: Full Time Students, Aged Pensioners & Commonwealth Health Care Card Holders. Seniors Cards are not accepted as valid concession for this event

A booking fee of $7.60 applies per order
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ATTENDING WALKING WITH SPIRITS FAQ

How do I get there?
Beswick Community is located 107km south-east of Katherine – drive south on the Stuart Highway for 51km, turn left into the Central Arnhem Road and drive 56km to Beswick Community. Follow the signs to the Ghunmarn Cultural Centre (the red two storey building) to receive your pass to then go on to Beswick Falls. The road to Beswick is sealed bitumen all the way. The road to Beswick Falls (approx 20km) is a dirt road and 4WD vehicles are recommended for this leg as the road is prone to sand and bull dust bogs. Please note, while we make every effort to water and grade the dirt road, this is not normally a public access road and it gets very dusty under heavy traffic. We recommend you seal any cameras or other equipment in plastic to protect from dust.
Where do I go when I arrive?
When you arrive at Beswick all patrons must go to the Ghunmarn Culture Centre (on the right hand side of the main road). Here you will exchange tickets (or collect them if you opted for box office collection at the time of purchase) for your weekend wristband which will give you access to the road to Beswick Falls.
What do I do if I don't have a 4WD?
A shuttle bus service is no longer provided so you must ensure you have transport for the 20km dirt track from Beswick to the Falls as it is not suitable for non-4WD vehicles.4WD vehicles can be hired from Darwin or Katherine. We advise arranging this as early as possible as demand is very heavy at that time of year.
We have set up a Yahoo Group so people can get in touch with eachother if they have spare room in their vehicle or are looking to find transport.Do I need to arrange an entry permit to enter Aboriginal land?
Do I need to arrange an entry permit to enter Aboriginal land?
Malkgulumbu is on the Beswick Aboriginal Land Trust and its traditional owners are the Jawoyn people. Permits are normally required but are WAIVED FOR THIS EVENT ONLY. Please respect this area and the people who belong to it.
Can we bring alcohol?
Alcohol is not permitted at all and is not available to purchase. Please note that sections of the road to Beswick and the community itself operate under specific liquor laws and the police can impound your vehicle if alcohol is found and you may be fined. Please respect the wishes of the community and do not bring alcohol to the event.
What are the camping arrangements at Beswick Falls?
Campers must be self-sufficient. This is a wilderness location with no camping amenities. Bush toilets will be provided, but please bring drinking water, camping and fishing gear, food, insect repellent and sun protection. First aid and ambulance will be available on site. There is a health clinic at Beswick Community and the nearest hospital is in Katherine. You are welcome to swim and walk in the area. Please take all your rubbish with you.
Are there hotels or motels?

If you do not intend to camp at Beswick Falls we recommend booking accommodation in either Katherine or Mataranka. Please note, Beswick Community does not offer tourist accommodation facilities.

Will there be food and drink for sale?
Basic BBQ refreshments are available (cash only) on Saturday evening for the performance. You will need to bring all other food and drinks.
Can I photograph or record the performance?
Photography or audio visual recording of any kind is not permitted during the performances on Saturday night.
Will I be able to buy artwork or souvenirs?
Original paintings, baskets, didgeridoos, mats and other pieces of indigenous fine art will be available for sale at the Ghunmarn Cultural Centre in Beswick.
I've read the FAQ but still have a question, who do I ask?
For further information call 03 8676 7511 or if from interstate call 1300 122 344 (cost of a local call). Alternatively email your query to admin@shakespeareaustralia.com.au.

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20 GREAT EVENTS TO GET YOU ON THE ROAD – WALKING WITH SPIRITS FESTIVAL

“We walk through the rustle of the paperbarks and settle by campfires.

With the moon rising over the sandstone ridge and shadows of the Aboriginal songmen and dancers flickering all around, we are on a journey older than any of us, one that began in the age of the Ancestors.

The Walking with Spirits festival is held each year at the end of July or early August at Malkgulumbu, a waterfall and sacred site on the land of the Jawoyn people, near the remote community of Wugularr, about 100 kilometres south of Katherine.

On a night like this, camped with my family and our Aboriginal friends, is where I love to be. It is a place of unforgettable beauty and tranquillity, with a deep sense of what is shared and how the land shapes us all.

Djilpin Arts, the creative company led by Aboriginal musician and actor Tom Lewis, and supported by the Australian Shakespeare Company, blends music, dance, puppetry, animation, short films, and burning 3D images blazing against the night sky.”

Jeff McMullen
Journalist, Filmmaker and Author
The Sunday Age Explore Magazine

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