Culture 2.0 | Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture

Culture 2.0 | Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture is a workshop program offered to schools and communities, which represents Yirra Yaakin’s ongoing commitment to the cultural health and wellbeing of all. 

The aim of this project is to invite young people to explore with us a range of questions relating to culture and their experience of it - What does culture mean to you? What is culture? How does this affect you? Your family? Your community? What is the role of the past in defining the present?

In a collaborative framework we then explore and develop performance outcomes from ideas sparked by these discussions.         

This workshop program has previously generated wide-ranging discussions on rituals, refugees, subcultures, responsibilities, segregation, food, art, racial differences and similarities, and how we share cultural experiences with people from around the world.

Facilitated by a team of professional artists including performers, writers and musicians there is an opportunity for us to adapt the workshops, depending on the size and willingness of the group, and the outcomes being sought. Both primary school and secondary school versions are available for incursion.

As we are an Aboriginal theatre company we encourage all Aboriginal students to take part but we believe that as culture effects us all it would be beneficial for everyone in the class or group to be involved in the program. This highly successful incursion program is available to schools and continues in 2017.

2017 Culture 2.0 | Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture Workshops

Through these workshops, Culture 2.0 Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture enables Yirra Yaakin to engage with both the Aboriginal history and theatre studies curriculum requirements in schools, while also offering unique performance creation opportunities & outcomes. The different components enable the project to operate with a reasonable level of flexibility.

“they don’t normally want to be a part of anything but they practically run down to you” (Leinster Primary School teacher)

The inspiration behind this project is to tell a story about culture in it’s many forms, from traditional culture to the myriad of modern subcultures. We want this program to be relevant and accessible to school students in Western Australia and we continue to seek as much input from the students as we can. At its core, the Yirra Yaakin Culture 2.0 | Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture project is a workshop program providing meaningful engagement, dialogue and cultural exchange with students in regional areas.

The Culture 2.0 Team for 2017 Tour

Senior Workshop Facilitator / Videographer: Sete Tele

Workshop Facilitator/performer: Reuben Yorkshire

Workshop Facilitator/performer: Jessie Ward

Tour Manager: Mike Nanning

In 2013 the team travelled to schools and communities in the Goldfields region from 29 July - 23 August.

In 2014 the team travelled to schools in Port Hedland & Karratha from 12 - 30 May and from 20 - 31 October to schools in Kalgoorlie/Boulder.

In 2015 the team travelled to schools and communities in the South West region from 1 - 25 September.

In 2016 the team travelled to schools and communities in the Kimberley region from June 8 to July 1.

Testimonials from Culture 2.0 Tours

“..It was great that the workshops were linked to a performance outcome and that the students were empowered to take ownership of that performance.” (John Foedken Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School)

“…the interactions with the children were great…” (Youth officer Eastern goldfields YMCA)

Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company supports Healthway’s mission to promote good health and encourage in their objectives to pursue a healthy lifestyles.

Here is a message from our Major Sponsor Healthway, to you:

Culture 2.0 is proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture message.

“Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture” promotes Aboriginal culture as incompatible with excessive alcohol consumption and other unhealthy behaviour. It links an individual feeling of respect with the Aboriginal heritage of Western Australia. It connects the sense of well-being with self-respect and ideas of contributing to and respecting wider community values. It encourages healthy eating as well as respecting yourself and your cultural background. It promotes the ownership, strengthening and development of Aboriginal culture by Aboriginal people. Respect and listen to elders, Be proud, Keep the mob strong, Keep language alive, Connect with country.

Reduce Your Alcohol: Kick the grog habit and start by having alcohol-free week days and binge-free weekends. You can enjoy a glass or middy without getting smashed and respect yourself in the morning for it.

Leave smoking for culture: Give up the smokes and live the best life you can. You’ll be able to keep up with the kids, your mates at the sports club and the girls at training. Smoking in culture is best left for ceremony.

Eat good tucker: It’s pretty simple - good food gives you more energy to do more. Junk food is a quick fix with no staying power and adds on the kilos which isn’t going to give you that blak n deadly bod. Get wise and eat smart. Why not tuck into some bush tucker?

Be proud stay strong: Go on and breathe in that fresh air. Get out to the bush and explore country, go to the park and kick the footy, dance at a gig, walk the dog or just walk to the shops instead of jumping in the car. It’s about getting that spirit heart beating rather than sitting on the couch.

Listen to your elders: You see enough abuse on the news without abusing yourself too. Harmful substance don’t solve problems, they just makes you lose control of your life and everything you cared about. Life’s for living to the full, so do it!

Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture Logo

The logo was designed with tapping sticks as they play an important part in culture and ceremonies. They are used to communicate stories through song and dance in Corroboree. The tapping sticks are crossed in this design – as if they are being played – because they are sending a message to everyone: Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture.

For further information please contact: assistantproducer@yirrayaakin.com.au or education@yirrayaakin.com.au

This Program is also supported by our partners Country Arts WA, Water Corporation, WA Museum, Fremantle Dockers and Healthway, promotiong the Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture message.