WAKULDA

WEAVING OUR STORIES AS ONE

Screening at 6.30pm & 8.30pm, every night of the week, onto Port's Historic Courthouse.

Wakulda, Weaving our Stories As One, launched during the Bicentenary Event week in early April 2021. It is an immersive, sound and light projection onto the Port Macquarie Historic Courthouse, on Clarence Street. This 10-minute production will envelop the audience, telling the important stories that make up the rich history of Port Macquarie from our traditional owners of the land, the Birpai people, right through to the current day of the Bicentenary of European settlement in April 2021. 

Wakulda is a Federally-funded legacy project (see acknowledgements at the end of this page), and will continue to be screened once nightly, beyond the Bicentenary event period.

Production 

Production of Wakulda was lead by ESEM Projects. See below for production highlights and story details. 

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Birpai Language Translation 

Spoken by Aunty Rhonda and included as written text throughout the production.

Guudji Yiigu ‘greeting’
Nyura Yii-Gu Mara-La Barray-Gu
Nyaa-Gi, Ngarra-Gi ‘you have come here to the land to see and to learn’
Gathay Nyiirun Wakulda ‘Let us all go together as one’
Marrungbu ‘Thank you’
Yii Birrbay Barray ‘This is Birrbay Land’

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Ngarrgan Mirriiyn Choir singing Bila Yii Maraliyn

Bila Yii Maraliyn
Bila Yii Maraliyn ‘the river is flowing’ 
Maraliyn Djuyalmaliyn ‘flowing and growing’ 
Baara garuwagu ‘down to the sea’
Barray Nanggu Barrangang Marra
Burray Yii Ganyiy Ngatha ‘Mother Nature carry me, a child I will always be’ 
Bila Yii Maraliyn ‘the river is flowing’ 
Baara garuwagu ‘down to the sea’

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Wakulda Credits

Project Leads: ESEM Projects 
ESEM Projects Team
Dr. Sarah Barns (Project Lead/Creative Director)
Michael Killalea (Creative Director)
Kane Skennar (DOP)
Gary Sinclair (Sound)
Anna Fraser (Motion Graphics)
Omee Deling (Live Action Producer)
Leif Wilson (Technical Direction)

We acknowledge the following contributors to Wakulda: 

Uncle Bill O'Brien 
Aunty Rhonda Radley
Ngarrgan Mirriiyn Choir 
Jamie Donovan Artist
Patricia McInherny
Participants of the Weaving Thyme with Trish Workshop
John Heath
Krissa Wilkinson
James Bennett singer songwriter ('Waves')
Hudson and Nate Marriot (Skate park)
Byron Willis (Skate park)
Charlie Hyde (Skate park)
Mark Ennor (Horses)
Contributors to the 'What I Love' call out
Port Macquarie Museum
Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council 
MakerSpace
Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
Gypsy Falls Retreat

This event is proudly presented by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. The Wakulda Digital Projection received funding by the Australian Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program; Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative; Building Better Regions Fund; as well as Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.


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