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volume 14 issue 1, August 2014

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generations of performers accompanied by mesmerising traditional vocals. The fashion performance which followed also included artists voices. Like young designer Kieren Karritpul, who recounted the inspiration for his designs in a soft meditative voice while the models appeared to great applause. The Gary Lang NT Dance Company performed an extract from his latest work Mokuy (spirit), before it was back to fashion. Beautiful weavings, coolomons and flowers were combined with fabrics draped over the local models bodies, in a thoroughly engaging performance. Merrepen Arts Festival 2014 ANKAAA Directors and Staff ANKAAA Board of Directors 2013-2014 chairperson djambawa Marawili aM Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Baniyala Art Centre Arnhem Region deputy chairman gabriel nodea Warmun Art Centre Kimberley Region acting Treasurer dora griffiths Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Kimberley Region Secretary peter Jigili Warnayaka Arts and Culture Darwin/Katherine Region Ruth nalmakarra Milingimbi Art and Culture Arnhem Region lily Roy Milingimbi Art and Culture Arnhem Region dorothea Fejo Larrakia Nation Darwin/Katherine Region alan Joshua Ngukurr Arts Darwin/Katherine Region annette kogolo Mangkaja Arts Kimberley Region Brian Farmer Jilamara Arts and Craft Tiwi Region John peter pilakui Individual Member Tiwi Region Jedda puruntatameri Munupi Arts and Crafts Association Tiwi Region ANKAAA Stand-in Directors Freddie Timms Warmun Art Centre Kimberley Region Francesca puruntatameri Munupi Arts and Crafts Association Tiwi Region wukun wanambi Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arnhem Region ANKAAA Staff chief executive officer Christina Davidson: ceo@ankaaa.org.au Manager operations delivery Vanessa Kredler: mod@ankaaa.org.au Resource and development officer Guy Hancock: resource@ankaaa.org.au Resource and development officer Jonathon Saunders: rdsupport@ankaaa.org.au Resource and development officer (0.5) Anisha Stitfold: rd@ankaaa.org.au administration officer and pa to ceo Belinda Foster: info@ankaaa.org.au The 27th Merrepen Arts Festival at Nauiyu community on the Daly River, NT, from 30 May I June brought to life, the high quality printed fabrics the Art Centre is internationally recognised for. Hundreds of visitors together with community members appreciated newly printed fabrics hung in long lengths ceiling to floor in the Art Centre courtyard in a stunning display of colour and design. On Saturday night the audience enjoyed a cultural performance Ngangiwetimbi Demarrgu: Old Stories New Ways - featuring dance, music and fashion centred around the traditional stories of the Nauiyu artists and choreographed and produced by Grace Lillian Lee, from the Torres Strait. The festivities opened with a performance by Numbulwars renowned Red Flag Dhumbala Dancers, including three Top Left: Textile Installation Photo: ANKAAA Above: Model, Kelisha Stevens at the Merrepen Festival Fashion show, 2014 Photo: John Tsialos Below: Models, Delphis Miler, Fiona Cooper, Louise Marranya and Cynthia Page at pre-fashion parade photo shoot Photo: John Tsialos 28 Arts BackBone evenT newS Volume 14: Issue 1, August 2014