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Welcome to Country

A festival-wide opportunity to stop, pause and reflect.

Friday 22 July – All stages

“jingiwala minyungbal jagun.dah” – Welcome to Country

Splendour in the Grass is proud to bring you a festival-wide Welcome to Country presented by our Traditional Owners of Minjungbal Country, the land where we will all gather for the event.  The official Welcome can only be shared by bloodline to Country representatives and is a very ancient and traditional protocol to ensure the safety of all people at the festival.

This is an opportunity for all visitors to pause and take a moment to connect to the land we are gathered on and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.  This is also a way to honour your own ancestors and set your personal intentions for your Splendour weekend.

The Welcome to Country will take place on the Amphitheatre and will be broadcast on screens at other stages simultaneously.



Mirrigingi Ngari, are Minyungbal dance group that bring years of experience showcasing Minyungbal way of life through storytelling, dance, language, and culture. Grounded in protocol, Mirrigingi Nari maintain their cultural obligation through the continuance of Minyungbal cultural practice. “Mirri” is our word for life, gingi means “to be this way”

The Minyungbal Elders and Dancers will also be in residence in the Global Village all weekend offering some interactive panels, mini workshops and sharing some traditional arts and crafts. Be sure to pop in for a cup of tea and a yarn.

Following the Welcome to Country is:

Waangenga Blanco performs Black Rainbow

This year, international acclaimed dancer, Waangenga Blanco will be choregraphing and performing a unique performance Black Rainbow. 

Waangenga Blanco is a proud Indigenous man who descends from the Pajinka Wik in Cape York and Meriam Mer, the furthest eastern island in the Torres Strait. He is an award-winning, globally touring performing artist, specialising in contemporary dance, choreography and acting. Waangenga began his professional career in 2005 with Bangarra Dance Theatre and became a senior foundational influencer to a new generation of traditionally informed contemporary dance. Finishing up his time with Bangarra in late 2018, Waangenga is now a freelance artist.

As a proud Indigenous man, the dreaming for this live dance performance is an opportunity to share the wisdom of connecting to country through the lens of my lived experience.

I open the space with a call to prayer and deeper connection to oneself and the space and land in which we inhabit.  We will perform in a dynamic series of phrases unloading and unlocking the mind and body with movement and inviting the audience to co-create and engage in the process of expansion. Bringing each dancer closer and closer to a unified space, accessing higher states of consciousness.

Living with a foot in both the traditional and the contemporary, I will provide an experience in the space that will give a gentle reminder that we do not need to reconnect with nature, we are nature. We must all take responsibility as custodians of the land by showing up for ourselves and our community, laying foundations as future Elders.


Following the Welcome to Country, this will be a potent experience to all who attend.

Music will be composed by Greg Sinclair featuring a prayer spoken by Ella Bancroft in Bundjalung language with traditional instrumentation done by Waangenga using Yidaki, clap sticks, WARUP (long drum from the Torres Strait) and the GOR (a seed shaker also from the Torres Strait Islands).