Djilpin Arts Cultural Enterprises

The Djilpin Arts ‘Development of Cultural Enterprises’ program provides employment opportunities, skills development and strengthens cultural knowledge and identity among young people in the Northern Territory community of Beswick

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Djilpin Arts program in Beswick

About the program

The Djilpin Arts ‘Development of Cultural Enterprises’ program aims to empower young men and women in the community of Beswick with training in a variety of skills and through enterprises which promote and strengthen their connection to their culture.

The small community of Beswick (Wugularr) is 100 kilometres east of Katherine in the Northern Territory. Being a remote community there are not many opportunities for employment and therefore young people often have to make the difficult choice to leave their traditional country, families and relatives in order to find work.

The program, supported by Caritas Australia, provides employment and comprehensive training for young arts workers through projects including Ghunmarn Cultural Centre, Djakinimba Pavillions and through events such as the annual Walking with Spirits Festival which also welcome visitors into the community.

The arts workers learn skills in business management and developing new social enterprises (for example jewellery making, sculpting and weaving), film, performance and digital media, as well as interpersonal skills in hospitality, sales and tourism. By working alongside their Elders they also enhance their understanding of their culture, which they are proud to share with visitors.

Through these opportunities the arts workers experience a renewed sense of confidence and hope, keep their culture alive and strong, bring economic benefits to the community and develop their leadership capabilities.

Evangeline's story

Evangeline

Evangeline is a proud young Ramingining woman living in the Northern Territory. After high school, she tried a few career options, but soon felt dispirited. “But by the time I was 22, I really started to think about doing something positive with my life.”

With this in mind, Evangeline approached the Djilpin Arts Ghunmarn Culture Centre in Beswick.

Since joining the Djilpin Arts Ghunmarn Culture Centre, Evangeline has truly flourished. In her newest role as Senior Artsworker, Evangeline is committed to helping her community remain connected to their culture.

Program details

  • Issues: Indigenous rights; Education
  • Partner Agency: Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation
  • Funding in 2014/15 financial year: AU $150,000
  • Geographic location: Beswick, Northern Territory
  • When established: 2004