Our People believe that our faces tell us where we’ve been, but our heart tells us where to go. These are Our Stories.

Our Stories

Dreamtime stories for children

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which Adelaide Festival Centre sits is the traditional land of the Kaurna people. We respect their spiritual relationship with this country and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. This land has been a place of story-telling, movement, music and connection for over 60,000 years. And we take great pride in being able to honour those traditions today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

For many thousands of years, Australia’s First Nations people have been telling stories through dance, song, paintings, carvings, tools and spoken word – often around the campfire. These stories speak to the geography, value systems and cultural protocols of the country and people they belong to. But as we move toward more urban lifestyles, how will traditional storytelling be preserved?

Take your seat around the proverbial campfire and hear from local storytellers Uncle Mickey O’Brien, Aunty Stephanie Gollan and Ema Bovoro. Recorded and presented online, this important new work provides a special opportunity for young people to be immersed in these stories and share in Indigenous culture and language.

Our Stories


Our Stories - Workshop

Our Storytellers

Uncle Mickey O’Brien

As a senior Kaurna and Narrunga man, Uncle Mickey has been sharing cultural knowledge, running programs and providing Welcome to Country ceremonies for several years. He is the recipient of the Rotary Club Courtesy Award for Community involvement working with youth and an Australia Day Service Award recipient.

Aunty Stephanie Gollan

Aunty Stephanie is a proud Ngarrindjeri woman who was born at Raukkan South Australia. Skilled in traditional and contemporary cultural techniques, such as jewelry making and basket weaving, Aunty Stephanie is an educator and artist and has made a great contribution to her Aboriginal Community. She is known as an enthusiastic and inspirational elder and in 2018 she was awarded SA Female Elder of the Year.

Ema Bovoro

Ema Bovoro is a proud Aboriginal woman with links to the Adnyamathanha, Kuyani, Arabana, Western Arrente and Yawarawarka peoples on her mother’s side and to the Naitasiri village in Matailobau, Fiji on her father’s side. Ema is a youth worker with exceptional language, sporting and musical talents. She is an outspoken advocate for cultural affirmation and for bridging ancient culture to contemporary Christian beliefs.

Ema has been involved in Adnyamathanha Language preservation for over 10 years and starred as a voice actor in the award-winning Adnyamathanha language Short film, Wadu Matyidi (2010).

Karen Briggs

Karen Briggs is a designer and illustrator whose inspiration stems from her love of animals and nature, and memories of holidays with her grandmother on the Cummeragunja Mission. She is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta people whose ancestral homeland radiates from the junction of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers in North East Victoria. Her first picture book, Kick with My Left Foot, written by Paul Seden, was published in 2014, and shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Illustration and a Diploma in Applied Design Multimedia. These days she designs and illustrates in her private studio in the Adelaide Hills.



This project is supported by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet through Arts South Australia

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4 Aug – 25 Sep 2020

Duration 16mins




Ages 7 and up

Free Event

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