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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Exhibition & Free

Secretos de la Raíz – Innato: Video Installation

Secretos de la Raíz – Innato is a multi-dimensional video installation by Kathleen Gonzalez that investigates ancestral knowledge, and the spiritual and physical connections shared across generations, cultures and continents.

Developed specifically for Countercurrents, the work is a new site-specific piece drawing on concepts developed for Secretos de la Raíz (2021 YIRRAMBOI Festival.)

In this new iteration, footage and multimedia from the original work made by Coya Films has been curated and crafted to create a new visual dialogue for projection across four screens at Brunswick Mechanics. Kathleen Gonzalez and Sermsah Bin Saad will connect with the installation and 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.

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 is a multi-dimensional video installation presented at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. The video installation is viewable 24 hours a day, from the Brunswick Mechanics courtyard.

Wheelchair Access

Brunswick Mechanics is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Accessible Toilet

There are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible bathrooms available during venue opening hours.  

Access Parking

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


Nearest public transport is tram and bus line from Sydney Road. The closest train station is Brunswick Station.

Relaxation Area

A relaxation area is available near the bar during venue opening hours.  

More Information:

Exhibition runs
Wednesday 11 May – Saturday 25 June


Runs 24 hours

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.