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Shepparton celebrates Indigenous heritage

More than 2000 people attended Sunday's Dream Voices performance, one of the feature events of the SheppARTon Festival, at Tallis Winery near Dookie.

DARREN LINTON March 11, 2014 4:11am

Sonny Cooper performs during Dream Voices.


GALLERY: See more photos from the Dream Voices performance here.

Dream Voices echoed through the hills on Sunday night during the defining performance of the SheppARTon Festival.

Thousands of people gathered on the gentle slopes at Tallis Winery near Dookie, overlooking a natural amphitheatre in which was ploughed a giant ‘‘geoglyph’’ depicting a sunflower.

Before the entertainment and the spectacular sunset, hundreds of people took the time to stroll along the stem to plant one of the dream voice catchers primary school children made.

With the help of lighting and projection, the Dream Voices Choir and performers told the Indigenous story of creation, conducted by renowned soprano and proud Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham.

The performance culminated with the multicultural choir singing the festival theme song that Shepparton singer-songwriter Tenielle McKenzie wrote.

Festival director John Head said more than 2000 people attended, including many children.

Mr Head said the aim of the evening was to celebrate the diversity and also the cohesion of the community.

‘‘It was something that brings awareness of the Indigenous heritage of this region,’’ he said.

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