On 20 January 2018 Tongberang'i Ngarrga Inc ran the Born To Dance - Merri Creek Day Gathering, which was a celebration of culture and community through the medium of electronic dance music on the banks of Merri Creek!

Aunty Joy Murphy, a respected Elder of the Wurundjeri People commenced the festivities with a Welcome To Country to give attendees safe passage whilst they were on her Traditional Lands.

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Welcome to Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, a respected Wurundjeri Elder Welcomes the community to Country ahead of the Merri Creek Day Gathering.

Following Aunty Joy’s warm welcome, a range of Melbourne based Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal techno and house DJs and performers spun some groovy tunes for everyone to dance to under the sun! The DJ line up featured Chunky, Brothers, Fosters, Kalaji, Warsawyer, Tahl and Quincy, with cultural performances by Uncle Larry Walsh who told Taungurung dreamtime stories and Barry James Gilson who sung some beautiful songs in Wadawurrung language.

The day was a powerful demonstration of the important role that music and dance plays in our culture, and the power that it has to bring people together in the spirit of reconciliation and community connectedness.

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Tongberang’i Ngarrga Inc (meaning Born To Dance in Woi Wurrung Language) is a not for profit Aboriginal organisation, that facilitates cultural programs and dance music events for the community.

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