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To have fun, celebrate the arts by offering our community the opportunity to be a beanie maker, wearer or supporter, celebrate culture and community and support the Woodleigh Campus Reconciliation Group to fund their Indigenous Exchange Programs.


Saturday 29th July 2017


11am to 3pm


Woodleigh Campus, 485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South

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Indigenous Exchange Programs

Woodleigh School (Woodleigh campus) has been running exchange programs with four Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory for the last nine years – Dhalinybuy and Garrthalala in Miwatj (North-East Arnhem Land) and Ampilawatja and Irrultja (four hours north east of Alice Springs). Over this time, deep friendships and connections have been forged between the generations of students who have visited each other’s schools and communities. These relationships are reconciliation in action. Woodleigh School seeks to raise money for Yolngu and Alyawarre students from these communities to have the opportunity to visit our school in 2017.

Your participation in the Woodleigh Beanie Festival will help make this goal a reality.


Woodleigh beanie festival background

The Festival is based on the Alice Springs Beanie Festival which is a community-based event that began in 1997 with a ‘beanie party'. The festival was organised to sell beanies crocheted by Aboriginal women in remote communities. It has grown into a fun event where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists share their culture and exhibit together. The festival is unique because of the incredible amount of community participation and the unique ties with local Aboriginal organisations. The festival’s aims have always been to develop Aboriginal women’s textiles, promote women’s culture and the beanie as a regional art form, as well as promote handmade textile arts.

“Hand-made beanies have long been valued in Central Australia. They are often colourful and individual in pattern and style. Everyone, no matter who they are, needs a beanie to enjoy the outdoors during our crisp, cold winter nights. Centralian craftspeople from remote areas and Alice Springs have taken up the challenge to raise beanie making into a distinctive regional art form. Beanies can be given distinguishing characteristics and decorated with seeds, various fibres and embellishments. There is no limit to the shapes, textures, colours and patterns that are evolving. They are ideal for the tourist market, being light and inexpensive.” Quote from the Alice Springs Beanie Festival.