Wood, time, patience, skill, and a whole lot of soul.
That’s what it takes to make a didgeridoo – and at Cully Fest this year you’ll be be able to learn how. Men of all ages are invited to take part in this sacred process that turns an ordinary tree into an incredible instrument whose sound just goes on and on…
There’s a trick to playing Australia’s most famous wind instrument and at Cully Fest, our master players are going to show you how it’s done. Whether you’ve already mastered circular breathing, or have never touched the instrument before in your life get stuck into this rich part of Australian culture and see if you can make that famous haunting sound.
They say a few words in the local language will go a long way – in the case of the Queensland tribes, a few words will take you a long way back, through history. Gain a deeper understanding of the origins of Australia and it’s people thanks to the aboriginal language workshops at Cully Fest this year.
Let your creative spirit soar at the drawing workshops at Cully Fest 2017. Whether you’re a regular artist, or haven’t touched a canvas in decades, pick up a pencil or some charcoal and let loose with the help of celebrated artist, Michael Nicholas and Sarah Campbell. They will be running Charcoal Drawing, Chalk Art, and Australian Animal drawing workshops over the course of the weekend. The scenic surroundings of the Outback are the perfect place to draw inspiration from – you might be surprised at what you create.
Intermediate – This workshop allows you to guitar-solo using the CAGED cord shape system. You’ll learn picking fundamentals; hand co-ordination for speed, accuracy and tone and will get to play different blues backing tracks applying what you’ve learnt.
Learn traditional music from Ireland and Scotland the most common music to play on the tin whistle, and comprises the vast majority of published scores suitable for whistle players. The tin whistle is very common in Irish music and Irish born Aine Tyrrell a master of the instrument will share years of experience during this fun workshop.
Want to join in the sing-along fun, but know you “can’t sing”?
There’s no such thing as “can’t sing” in Josephine Birch’s world, and she’s bringing her guitar and her good humour to the singing workshops this year. ‘How to project your natural voice’, ‘improvised singing’ and ‘how to sing in harmony’ are all things being covered in a completely no pressure environment – join the group, and join in on the sing-alongs on the road trip home.
Unleash your muse this weekend at the Songwriting workshop.
The artists at Cully Fest 2017 understand the struggle of putting pen to paper, so bring along the song you’ve been working on and get their input on taking it to the next level. If you’ve never tried songwriting before, come along with an open mind and give it a go – you never know what might come pouring out.
This weekend is your chance to play cowboy – and there’s nothing that quite says Aussie cowboy than a good, handmade Aussie whip.
Learn how to make, and use some of Australia’s finest whips – Get cracking at the whip worksop!
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Cully Fest brings a range of traditional and modern cooking styles and chefs together where you can experience everything from preparing a Kup Murri to taking a journey back to the nature and exploring the world of native or bush foods and how they can enhance modern day cooking and palettes. Simply watch or jump in and help prepare and cook everything from scratch. Our great chefs combine a passion for cooking great food with teaching hands on skills and introducing great flavours most would possibly never have previously experienced. It will be educational and fun but the best bit will be tasting the great flavours.
Bush survival is a set of skills and knowledge gathered by bushmen and women over centuries however much of what they learned in Australia particularly in the outback was from Aboriginal people who had survived and thrived living at one with the land. Meet our larger than life characters who will teach you many great skills about how to find water, tell the time of day, find your directions and much more.
Learn a few cords, play a few songs, join a Ukulele orchestra or just have fun. Just bring yourself and a sense of fun, we’ll supply the ukuleles and everything you need for the workshop.