The Djinama Yilaga Choir is a local intergenerational Yuin choir, established in 2019 and led by renowned Walbunga/Ngarigo artist, Cheryl Davison. Djinama Yilaga perform songs in Dhurga language. Yuin people were often multi-lingual, speaking and understanding languages of neighbouring and visiting groups. Dhurga was spoken and understood by many within the 13 tribes of the Yuin Nation. The community-led choir emerged as a mechanism to revitalise language through song.
Djinama Yilaga hope to create a mass Yuin choir and individual self-directing choirs across Yuin Country. In 2021, they performed at the Easter Four Winds Festival to great acclaim, and sold-out shows at the National Museum of Australia. The choir has gone from strength to strength and we are very lucky to have them perform at Wanderer Festival in 2022.
Wanderer Festival acknowledges the people of the Yuin and Monaro nations, for whom music and art making have held a central importance for thousands of generations. We particularly acknowledge the Thaua people of the Yuin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters on which this festival takes place. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.