Walk with Me – A Gesture Towards Reconciliation
This film was created during the 2020 Covid pandemic when we were unable to go ahead with the 5 Lands Walk. It is my creative expression as Artistic Director for the 5 Lands Walk in collaboration with our 5 Lands community. As we keep the faith to uphold our mantra of connecting people to people and people to place, we move forward into a shared future together, bound by culture and spirituality, led by our Indigenous and multi-cultural collaborators.
Every year we come together at the winter solstice to sing, dance and walk together on the 5 Lands, on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.
Our cultural and spiritual connection goes much deeper than just on the weekend of the festival. It is preceded by The Gathering and Awakening Ceremonies, where we are guided by our Aboriginal Committee and cultural consultants. These events prepare the way and safety for our 5 Lands Walk.
The Ephemera Choir rehearses every Wednesday evening for 3 months leading up to the festival, we share music, soup, a glass of wine and community. We prepare for the biggest event of the year for our community – the 5 Lands Walk. We build our dream and songs for the Opening Ceremony performance which happens at sunset on the eve of the 5 Lands Walk on the June Winter Solstice.
We walk together and are guided by the indigenous and multi-cultural communities of our region.
With the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020 everything changed, and the 5 Lands Walk was cancelled, however I kept composing new material and when lockdown lifted we gathered on the beach and made this film clip Walk with Me. I am grateful to my creative collaborators without whom the soundtrack would not exist – I am honoured to create music with Gavi Duncan – the yidaki and piano are a very special combination. A True meeting of cultures, going beyond words and boundaries.
I am blessed to live here on the Ancestral Lands of the Darkinjung people and I pay respects to the Elders of the community and extend my recognition to their descendants.
Directed by Yantra de Vilder (Australia)