Cheironia collaborating with Happy Events  ........ Ngatanwarr

Culture, Creativity & Place II

in Warrnambool (and Moyne), Victoria, Australia
-sequel to an event by Association for Life-Wide Living (ALL) of Alberta-


Friday September 23, 2016 – Land and Water Celebration
Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Elders for Environment




NEWS: Dr Jane Ross and Dr Jack Ross interview - 3YB Radio

A celebration of Place | The Standard


Cultural celebrations | The Standard


Weekend events for your diary | The Standard


Indigenous and international | The Standard



A special guest presentation from 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner, atmospheric scientist, Dr Russell Schnell, Deputy Director of the Global Monitoring Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - The Air We Breathe - It is not what it used to be


(also presented at Deakin University Waurn Ponds (Listen to Russell's lecture HERE)


Other Keynotes from:

Dr Jane Ross and Dr Jack Ross (ALL of Alberta, Canada) - The Power of Ideas

  Associate Professor John Sherwood - Moyjil (Point Ritchie) - a headland with a past.

Pam Ahern - The curious place of animals - Edgar's Mission


Workshops and learning from:

Peter Moir - Custodians of our land....a farmers perspective

Professor Liz Cameron, Director, Institute of Koorie Education Deakin University - Making, Seeing and Knowing within Country

Max Watson, CO2CRC - Carbon Capture and Storage:  Australia’s role in a global effort to reduce emissions

Joel Wright, Laka Gunditj Language Program, VACL - Laka-ki Wurrung Kataki Meerreeng, Speaking Language from Country

Sandra Aitken, Artist, Aboriginal Basket Weaving


Book launch, Beauty Everyday - Stories from life as it happens, a publication inspired by the first Culture, Creativity & Place conference in Alberta, Canada.


It is time once again for Warrnambool to honour the water, our land and place, and the wisdom of the Elders

This is Culture, Creativity & Place II, September 23-24, 2016.


Our landscape
I'll never leave here. My heart and spirit will never leave the bush. I do not understand the notion of 'title' and 'ownership'. Who can own the forest but God? It is a cathedral to me, a special place where I can feel my ancestors' presence. It's my homeland, the spirit of my people, where they roamed, sang and told stories. Whether you are black or white, you need to love, respect and be kind to this cathedral, and never, NEVER undermine it.                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                               Banjo Clarke, Wisdom Man

Our communities
Knowledge of the people and cultural neighbours that make up our communities help us know ourselves, our origins and understand where we are going.  Creative people like farmers, writers, musicians, artists and others can help us recognize just how complex, exciting and perplexing our communities are can be. “Now we’re on my home ground, [which is] foreign territory”. 
                                                                                                                                               Margaret Atwood, Surfacing

and the arts

The arts reveal our true characters; they are how we come to understand a power greater than daily living. What we discover in the deep well of artistic expression, whether music, a painting or a beautifully written book, means much more than recreation. Creativity can offer comfort at times when nothing else will do. The arts give our lives depth and resonance. Without their inspiration our culture would simply be emptier…

                                                                                                                                              Aritha van Herk, Edberg & Calgary,  Alberta Order of Excellence Speech, 2011

A celebration of Place | The Standard


Cultural celebrations | The Standard


Weekend events for your diary | The Standard


Indigenous and international | The Standard




Culture, Creativity & Place II organising commitee:

Dr Andrew Creed:

Alexis Creed-Sycopoulis:

Fiona Clarke

Ken McKean

Don Swanson

Dr Emma Charlton