Gawaymbanha (Welcome)

Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders are pleased to host Artstate 2018 in Wiradyuri country. The Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders are a group of local Wiradyuri and Aboriginal elders committed to maintaining culture in the region.
 
We are represented by three important local animals – biladurang (the platypus), wambad (the wombat) and dyagula (the lyrebird). The biladurang creation story is connected to this region and reminds us of his uniqueness and finding his place within the environment; wambad represents determination and the way forward; and dyagula represents the many voices and many people who have come to live in the Bathurst region.
 
For countless generations storytelling, singing, dancing, and art practices have been an important part of our lives, and Artstate 2018 is a continuation of these traditions. We welcome you to Bathurst and are proudly part of this important event.
 
— Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders