The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Secretos de la Raíz – Innato: Performance & Conversation

Kathleen Gonzalez and Sermsah Bin Saad share their explorations – encapsulating heritage, spirit and soul as a symbol of Aboriginal cultural revival and resilience – in a performance and conversation on Sunday 19 June. This event is a live response to Kathleen’s video installation of the same name at Brunswick Mechanics, that investigates ancestral knowledge, and the spiritual and physical connections shared across generations, cultures and continents.

Presented as part of Countercurrents a new public art commissioning partnership between Next Wave and Moreland City Council. Countercurrents is intended to support both site-specific and community-based public art projects. 

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Secretos de la Raíz – Innato: Performance & Conversation is an in-person event and will be held at Brunswick Mechanics Institute.

The performance & conversation will be Auslan interpreted and will take place outdoors, in the Brunswick Mechanics courtyard. 

In the event of wet weather, the performance will be moved in Studio Room 1. Staff will be on the premise to guide patrons.

Wheelchair Accessible

Brunswick Mechanics is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Accessible Toilet

There are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible bathrooms.  

Access Parking

Two accessible parking spaces are located at the corner of David Street and Glenlyon Road, and another two located on Glenlyon Road, in front of the Brunswick Community Health Centre.  

Relaxation Area

Relaxation Area is situated in the Studio Room of Brunswick Mechanic Institute building. In the event of a wet weather, the relaxation area will be moved to the foyer opposite bar.

More Information:

Sunday 19 June
1.30-2.30pm AEST


Brunswick Mechanics Institute
270 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056


Sermsah Bin Saad

Sermsah Bin Saad’s name in the Indigenous community is synonymous with theatre, television, film, festival circuits, opera, dance and choreography.

Kathleen Gonzalez

Kathleen Gonzalez is a Melbourne-based Colombian contemporary artist, cultural art producer, ethno dance writer, artistic director and founder of Tunjos y Cantaros Ethnologic Dance Company & Ethnodanceology.