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Dreams, the window to our souls
Dreaming of the past, Dreaming of the present, Always dreaming
Dreaming of the future. Daydreaming, Always dreaming
Good dreams, bad dreams, real dreams.
~ excerpt from Dreaming Time by Andrew W.
NAIDOC Week 2017
During NAIDOC Week Murri poet Lionel Fogarty lead an introductory poetic & musical performance at Balund-a Diversionary Centre & at the local Tabulam Primary & Bonalbo High Schools. On 29 June, Lionel led a 3-hour NAIDOC inspired poetry performance and workshop with 3-4 writing activities, encouraging participants to begin to express themselves poetically in the lead up to the week of workshops at Balund-a (July).
In July, Red Room Poetry returns to Balund-a with Murri poet, Lionel Fogarty, and musician Joe Geia for a special series of Unlocked poetry workshops. Lionel and Joe are both pionering activists and leading spokespeople for Indigenous rights in all areas.
The program will run from 31 July - 3 August, with three full day workshops of poetry, language, music and art, culminating on the fourth day with a community-led event by local Elders. Unlocked plays an important role in connecting Indigenous communities and celebrating cultural connection with Elders.
In North-Eastern NSW, Balund-a is not a prison or a correctional facility but rather a culturally aware and community oriented program aimed at reducing the re-offending rates of both male and female offenders aged from 18 to 40. The program's full name, 'Bugilmah Burube Wullinje Balund-a', rougly translates to ‘Be good now you have a second chance down by the river’.