On Monday 14th December, Four Winds welcomed the children of Bermagui Primary School to the Pavilion for a day of music-making and artistic exploration.
The Indigenous artists worked with the children to record and engineer a new song as part of the ‘Wise Up to Wetlands’ project: a school based artistic program that aims to raise an awareness and knowledge of the important wetland areas in Bermagui. The project was funded, in part, by NSW Local Land Services.
Yuin artists, Warren Foster Snr, Warren Foster Jnr, Joel Deaves and Jacob Morris, were on hand to lead and accompany the children through the recording of a song they had composed for them.
Take a listen of the Wetlands Song recording here:
The project was also an opportunity for the children to have their music recorded by local professional recording artists, Michael Hanlon and Sats Kramer. After just a few takes and with the support of music teacher Merinda Antill, the track was laid and it was time for the children to relax and enjoy the surrounds.
Here’s a little video of the kids’ visual and sound creations from the day:
Yellow Team = Kindergarten on visuals, Yr 3/4 on sound
Red Team = Yr 1 on visuals, Yr 4/5 on sound
Blue Team – Yr 2 on visuals, Yr 2/3 on sound
For many of our local children, it was the first time they had seen the site and many were asking about the festival and Four Winds activities.
After lunch the children took part in creating a visual and sound artscape; inspired by nature, in nature and with nature. Dividing up into groups, the children created three-dimensional collages using natural materials found around on site.