CELEBRATES JACK BUCKSKIN AS THE FESTIVAL’S
|South Australia’s newest festival, Nature Festival, a 10-day open-access event of activities and experiences dedicated to celebrating the role nature plays in the identity of all South Australians, today celebrates its inaugural ambassador, Jack Buckskin, along with its social tree planting campaign and closing event.|
Jack Kanya Buckskin is a Kaurna, Narungga and Wirangu man, born in Adelaide, who has dedicated himself to learning and sharing Kaurna language and culture. Jack has been involved in the Kaurna revitalisation movement for 15 years and continues to contribute to the development and teaching of Kaurna language and culture.
Through his ambassadorship Jack will offer the festival the opportunity to engage and create a true and meaningful focus on the knowledge of South Australia’s indigenous peoples, cultivating a deeper engagement of the land where we live. Along with being an ambassador Jack, alongside Kaurna artist and researcher James Tylor, will be leading a lecture, Talking History: Kaurna Environment: Plants, Animals, Culture & History, offering a brief introduction to the local environment of the Adelaide Plains from a contemporary Indigenous Kaurna perspective.
“As part of this festival, I hope that we as Aboriginal people have the chance and a voice to share our knowledges.” Said Nature Festival’s inaugural ambassador, Jack Buckskin.
“Our people’s spirit is connected to the land that we live on and we understanding that everything has its place, from edible foods to medicinal plants to why something is what it is. I hope that people can hear the voices of Aboriginal people and better understand the place around them, but that it also sparks a drive to want to learn more about how to connect to this place.”
Nature Festival Chair, Vicki- Jo Russel AM, said the festival was excited to welcome Jack as it inaugural ambassador.
“We are thrilled that Jack has agreed to be the Nature Festival’s inaugural ambassador. Jack’s commitment to Kaurna country, culture and language is profound and inspiring. Jack embodies an inherent and reciprocal connection to nature and we are grateful for the welcome, mentoring and knowledge Jack will provide the committee, event hosts and participants over the life of the festival” said Ms Russell.
|Alongside its ambassador, Nature Festival today also released #treeposefortheplanet, a new social fundraising and tree planting campaign aimed at driving awareness around climate change, the important role trees play in our ecosystem, and celebrating the landscapes and natural environments we all engage and live in.|
#treeposefortheplanet encourages people of all ages, background, disciplines and body shapes to pose and photograph themselves in the yoga “tree pose” position across the festival period, and for every photo tagged online with #treeposefortheplanet, one tree will be planted. Developed by international multi-award-winning interdisciplinary artist and movement practitioner Erin Fowler, #treeposefortheplanet is made possible through not-for-profit The Gaia Movement and supported by Power Living Yoga who has donated $1,500 towards the cost of tree planting via their Ripple Effect Program, with Trees For Life managing the tree planting.
Erin will host a livestream event to launch Nature Festival and #treeposefortheplanet campaign on the opening day of the Nature Festival Friday, September 25, along with hosting two free, lunchtime Tai Chi classes in Hurtle Sq/Tangkaira/Forest of Dreams on Tuesday, September 29 and Thursday, October 1. Following each class, participants will be invited to post pictures of themselves, standing in “tree pose” and post to social media, with the #treeposefortheplanet tag, furthering the tree planting tally.
Closing out the festival, and with a strictly limited number of tickets available due to its overwhelming popularity, will be Noise//Nature on Sunday, October 4. Presented by Umbrella Festival, Capital Waste Pictures and the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium as part of the Botanica Lumina Program, with generous support from SA Power Networks.
Experience the sights and sounds of Adelaide Botanic Garden like never before in this special after-dark event. Noise//Nature sees local noise/sonic artist, Michael Ellingford, team up with Liam Somerville, video cinematographer, for a unique night-time audio-visual experience.
Lounge back on the springtime lawns and enjoy colourful projections as they light up the botanical backdrop in awe-inspiring beauty. Listen as real-life sound recordings of Adelaide Botanic Garden are transformed into their own soundtrack, remixed with music and synchronised to the mesmerising light projections.
With two nights already sold out, Nature Festival has secured a strictly limited capacity of 200 additional tickets to this sonic and visual experience.
|Nature Festival to be held across South Australia from Friday, September 25, until Sunday, October 4th, strives to help people build a visceral understanding that nature isn’t something ‘over there’ that we might visit occasionally, but rather is something we are amongst and part of every day.|
The 10-day program will boast over 120 free and ticketed events including outdoor adventures, family play experiences, public talks, and artistic installations, dedicated to celebrating nature in positive, creative, and meaningful ways
Nature Festival will be held across South Australia from Friday, September 25 until Sunday, October 4
To register your event: go to www.naturefestival.org.au/host or contact Jill Woodlands at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the complete listing of Nature Festival events and more information please visit: www.naturefestival.org.au