Parrwang Community Arts

Connecting with culture & creativity

Parrwang Community Arts

‘Parrwang’ meaning magpie in the Wadawurrung language - originally named Parrwang Youth Arts.

The renamed Parrwang Community Arts invites Geelong's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of all ages to engage in fun, interactive and meaningful multi-arts experiences that nurture creativity and encourage connection to culture, Country and community.

Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions for the Parrwang Community Arts program:

Kelly Clifford | Parrwang Community Arts

P: 03 5225 1207

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3 - 10 JULY

It’s also time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in our communities over generations—they have been the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.

Join wonderful, local First Nations artists Kait James, Gerard Black, and Tarryn Love, for a FREE panel discussion around the NAIDOC 2022 theme, “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!”

When: Saturday 9 July

Time: 2:00pm

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Little Malop Street Redevelopment First Nations Featured Artists

One of the most exciting design elements of Geelong Arts Centre Little Malop Street Redevelopment is the presentation of specially commissioned artworks within the building's spaces by four extraordinary First Nations artists.

In a collection of captivating videos, Wadawurrung artist Kait James and First Nations artists Gerard Black, Tarryn Love and Mick Ryan take us into their creative workspaces to reveal the stories behind their unique artworks which will be part of the fabric of the new Geelong Arts Centre.

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Facilitated by Yorta Yorta Soprano, Composer & Educator Deborah Cheetham AO

Short Black Opera for Kids returns for a 6th year, celebrating and empowering young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through song, dance and storytelling.

Across the week, students will come together to participate in a range of workshops, culminating in a free community concert. The program is facilitated by Yorta Yorta Soprano, Composer & Educator Deborah Cheetham AO.

Registration for 2023 will open later in the year.




27 MAY TO 3 JUNE 202

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

'We can make a change. But we can’t do it alone. Be brave and start the conversation today.'

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For over 65,000 years, the land on which Geelong Arts Centre stands has been a significant site for gathering, belonging and storytelling for the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Geelong Arts Centre continues this tradition by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples and First Nations globally.


We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Geelong Arts Centre stands, the Wadawurrung People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, to Elders present and to emerging leaders, recognising their continuing connection to land, water, culture and community.

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Registering to the E-Newsletter is easy - simply click the button below, enter your details, and select 'First Peoples Programming' when nominating your interests.