New Ground Commission 2022

Supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, the 2022 New Ground cohort have drawn on their connections to Casey, Cardinia and Dandenong to produce six unique projects. Through dance, spoken word, visual arts, media and film these artists reflect the depth, talent and experiences of the broader South East Melbourne arts community. 

Amalgam: on feeling the future by Jessica Nikitina-Li, Ben Rohy, Fathiah Raihan and Jocelyn Montecinos.

Cascade by Gülsen Özer, Ania Reynolds and Vanessa White.

South East Collage presentation by Nicholas Tsekouras.

Portraits of artists in the South East panel discussion with Andrew Duong, Paulina Zamorano, Zia Atahi, Dee Wong and Corey Porter (aka Mr Congo).

Painfully Relatable, poetry so relatable it hurts excerpt by Amy Mead (content warning: frequent coarse language).

Old Sayings by David Nguyen and PDHT (Alexandra Danielle Lim, Crystal Yap, Janelle San Juan, Jimmy Nguyen, Khenji Ang, Kunal Aggarwal, Liam House, Nancy Tran, Neeson Paterno and Long Truong Doan). 

4C's Cultivating Creative Cultures with Communities 

This year, 4C’s celebrated 16 years of outstanding Secondary school and community performances. Together with Cranbourne East Secondary College, we have continued to build Community connections through the multicultural showcase that celebrates inclusivity, respect, and integrity. 

The 4C’s program has engaged students from diverse backgrounds and given them the opportunity to celebrate their cultural backgrounds in a student-led project. The 4C’s performance night showcase the breadth of talent of students across 11 schools through cultural dances, fashion shows and the visual arts exhibition in Bunjil Place library.

The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach Program – The Story of Pommi and Gobba 

The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach team, Casey Aborginal Gathering Place and Cranbourne West Community Hub hosted a creative 4-day holiday workshop for children from prep to year 4. Children explored the world of dance and created an original dance routine from the contemporary adaptation of the Wiradjuri Dreamtime story ‘Gobbagumbalun and Pomingalarna’ which is local to the NSW city of Wagga Wagga. This adaptation explores current themes that are relevant Australia-wide but is grounded in connection to Wiradjuri Country.

Bandok Tati | Bunjil Place | NAIDOC Get up! Stand up! Show up! 2022  

Bandok Tati, meaning ‘small ant brothers’, is a group of Aboriginal boys, aged 8-20 years old, who stay connected to their culture through traditional song and dance.  

Bandok Tati was formed and is currently based on Bunurong (Boonwurrung) Country. The boys also have many ties to different parts of the lands of Central and Southern Victoria, including Gunaikurnai, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wurundjeri Country. They also have ties to Western Australia, South Australia and Southern NSW. 

The boys are well educated in their culture as they have been around culturally knowledgeable people from a young age, by way of things such as dancing, events and families passing down stories. Bandok Tati is a family, a brotherhood. The members of Bandok Tati have known each other from a young age due to their families being close and the boys share blood ties with each other.  

For more information search 'bandoktati' on Instagram.

Names /Mob  

  • Johnny Terrick  Wurundjeri, Bidwell, Dja Dja Wurrung  
  • Malachi Thomas Noongar, Gunai Kurnai, Yorta Yorta  
  • Wundarra Thomas Yorta Yorta, Gunai Kurnai, Wiradjuri  
  • Jeremiah Nannup  Noongar, Gunai Kurnai  
  • Joziah Nannup   Noongar, Gunai Kurnai  
  • Nethiah Nannup   Noongar, Gunai Kurnai  
  • Makai Havea   Narrangga  
  • Tye Dow  Gunai Kurnai, Wurundjeri  
  • Uncle Ringo Terrick Wurundjeri, Bidwell, Dja Dja Wurrung  

Creative Directors   

  • Bandok Tati  
  • Nathan Taylor  
  • Anaika Havea  
  • Elvis Carter  

Voice Over  

  • Johnny Terrick  

Video, Sound Design & Editing  

  • Evolve Digital Media  

Special Thanks

  • Casey Aboriginal Gathering Place Team  
  • Uncle Ringo Terrick  
  • Uncle Kevin Harrison  
  • Ben McVeigh  
  • Zach Lovett  
  • James Henry  

This video is proudly supported by the Casey Aboriginal Gathering Place, Bunjil Place and City of Casey as part of the Winter Arts Festival.  BANDOK TATI includes other local First Nations dancers who didn’t feature in the video.