Click on the play button above to listen to the full interview with Thara Brown and Nartarsha Bamblett
As we look beyond, yet continue along the journey of Coronavirus lockdowns across Melbourne, connection to self, culture and country are for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders crucial to wellbeing.
From Wala Connections, Thara Brown and Nartarsha Bamblett spoke to Connection Matters Radio (CMR) about ongoing programs that support and promote connection to self, culture and country for people right across the world.
“Wala Connections is an opportunity for us to connect to culture, be able to express ourselves as well as empower ourselves and other women and young people,” Thara told CMR.
“We started it just because we love dancing; and we love our culture.
“Given our backgrounds in education, naturally [we] began doing workshops to get people moving… And since then it’s been evolving into mentoring programs and different dance workshops, which we’re now doing online.”
In commenting on program access to non-First Nations people, Nartarsha said: “it’s time we get to share that [culture] and everybody else to embrace this country we’re in – our culture – because it has so much to offer. So it’s here for everybody.”
Key points discussed during this interview include:
- Taking the Wala Dance program on-line and around the world
- The importance of connection to self, culture and country
- One-to-one mentoring for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women
For more information
For more information about Wala Connections and its programs:
Email Wala Connections by email to: bookings@walaconnections.
Click on the play button below to listen to the full interview with Thara Brown and Nartarsha Bamblett