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Shuvani - Festivále Historíque

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Mamluk Embroidery Demo

at Shavora Tent

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On her handmade loom, Jodita will demonstrate this medieval blackwork embroidery style said to have originated in the middle ages in Egypt. The style of embroidery was popular amongst all classes from the 13th cent and became widespread throughout Spain. Katharine of Aragon is documented as learning the style in Spain as a child and she later imported the style to England when she married Henry 8th where it became known as Spanish work.

Live Music, Cooking

at Campfire Precinct

*Children may only sit with an adult

Henna Tattoos, Romani Tarot, Turkish Coffee Brewing and Readings (afternoon only)

at Drabani Tent

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Henna Tattoos: The Shuvani girls are renowned throughout the land for their skill in applying the ancient henna tattoos they have brought with them from their travels. Sit inside the magical lean-to built onto our antique wagon and, for just a few gold coins, take away a stunning adornment that will last for days.

Fortune Telling: Whether it be with Martiya our Romani Tarot reader, Tiarnie our crystal healer or Peter our Turkish Coffee Reader, have your destiny clarified by one of the Shuvani fortune tellers. Perhaps you would like to hear from all three!

Individual Private Healing Journey Meditations - $20

at Drabani Tent

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Individual, private, Guided meditations and breathwork for clarity, personal discovery and healing. Access your inner world and higher self through escaping your 'headspace' and approaching through an intuitive creative space. 30 minute sessions.

Dance Workshops and Performances

at The Common

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See programme below for individual workshop and performance info and times.

Meet the Gypsy Cob Horse

at The Animal Enclosure

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A beauty to launch a thousand fairy tales, come pat and learn about the history and development of this stunning breed of horse used by the Romani folk to pull their Vardos.

Meet the Shuvani Goats

at The Animal Enclosure

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Providing milk, clothing and meat to nomadic tribes, our hairy friends are much valued by the Shuvani. Of course we love them too much to take anything more from them than their hair for our blankets, and the odd cuddle! Come ask our Goatherd to arrange a scratch between their horns for you.

9:30-10:00

Jewellery Workshop - $7

at A'Diva Tent

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(All Ages) Bring your little ones to thread pretty natural, hand-dyed beads and shells into a necklace or bracelet to take home. The jewellery will bring you the luck of the Shuvani all year whenever you wear it.

Tassel Making workshop - $2

at Dumtekka Tent

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(All ages. Toddlers will need adult help.) The wool gathered from the tribe's herd animals is used to make gorgeous tassels to decorate the encampment. Make one of your own to take home.

Magic Putsi Workshop - $2

at Dragoysta Tent

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(Adults and older kids) the Shuvani have a rich tradition of amulet and talisman lore reaching back into ancient times. Different items symbolise different things like love, luck, wisdom, and prosperity. Come learn the meaning of the different things found in nature and create your own Putsi (amulet bag) to take home.

Fogustan Music Ensemble

at The Common

10:00-10:30

Basket Making Demo

at Shavora Tent

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As the nomads travelled from city to city they tried to earn a living as best a nomad could. One method was to use the materials they found in nature to make products the townspeople might need. Basket Making has become an artform associated with the Romani Gypsies of Europe. Mary will demonstrate how a beautiful basket can be created using the foliage found in any garden.

Hat Making Demo

at Shumnaya Palatka Tent

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The Shuvani menfolk wear distinctive hats based on medieval fashions of the day. Dimitrii is the tribe's hat maker and he will show you how he goes about constructing each hat that will often become a Shuvani man's pride and joy.

Juggling Workshop - $2

at Dragoysta Tent

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(Older kids and adults) Using three hand-crafted balls, Damon will teach you the easiest method of juggling! You can buy your gorgeous juggling balls to take home if you like.

Leather Pouch Making Demo

at Bazaar Precinct

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The nomads word for pouch is Putsi and here you can see how Julian makes one out of leather. From cutting out to stitching to the elaborate decoration, see one of the gorgeous pouches take shape. Julian will have some goods for sale too.

Indian stick dance workshop - $3

at The Common

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(Not suitable for tiny kids) Learn a traditional Indian folk dance, "Dandiya" performed for fun by clicking two red sticks and progressing around the circle changing partners.

10:30-11:00

Shuvani Dance Show

at The Common

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Depicting centuries of migrations along the Spice Trail, the Shuvani dance troupe perform a series of dances based on the traditions of India, Persia, The Middle East, Turkey, Europe and Spain, in that order, reflecting the path taken by Indian emigrants that began 1000 years ago and resulted in the Romani, Domari and Lom nations of modern times. The troupe of 30 gorgeous Shuvani dancers are delighted to have you join them on this historic journey.

11:00-11:30

Drumming Workshop - $5 (1 hr)

at The Big Fig

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(All ages and skill levels) Learn the basic technique of Egyptian Darabuka playing and add one or two authentic Egyptian rhythms to your repertoire.

The Hush Gypsy

at The Common

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Rita, the Hush Gypsy is a dancer who dances from the heart, for lovers past and present, for universes seen and unseen. One of the Soul Dance dance instructors, Rita has performed at Festivals around Australia and she is delighted to dance for you on her own home soil with Shuvani and Soul Dance.

11:30-12:00

Peg Doll Workshop - $3

at Shavora Tent

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Peg Doll Workshop (All ages especially the young at heart) Let the Shavora Shuvani ladies guide you in the authentic Romani craft of creating little Shuvani people out of wooden pegs.

Shuvani Acrobats

at The Common

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Flying, teetering on the edge, standing head above shoulders, Audrey the magnificent and her Ridiculously Tall companion will entertain with their acro antics.

12:00-12:30

Jewellery Workshop - $7

at A'Diva Tent

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(All Ages) Bring your little ones to thread pretty natural, hand-dyed beads and shells into a necklace or bracelet to take home. The jewellery will bring you the luck of the Shuvani all year whenever you wear it.

Rayvn Wynters Nyte

at The Common

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The muse who inspired Shakespeare will inspire you too if you are lucky enough to be in the Shuvani encampment when she drifts in for her performance. Is she woman or is she fae? Does she spellbind with her dance alone or is something more magical afoot?

12:30-1:00

Singing Workshop - $2

at The Big Fig

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(All Ages) Come and learn a pretty French song that the Shuvani have picked up on their travels and like to sing in 'rounds' to produce lovely harmonies and send relaxing energy through their encampment.

Blacksmith Demo

at Campfire Precinct

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One of the major crafts associated with the Indian emigrants of the middle ages ( who went on to become the Rom, Dom and Lom peoples) is blacksmithing. It is believed the artisans were prized and sought after by the armies as they were expert at weapons manufacture and repair. See how our Shuvani blacksmith on-the-move works uses a kiln and forge created just out of the materials he finds on the earth around him.

Dabke Workshop - $2

at The Common

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(All skill levels, but tiny kids may get stamped on!) Join Rasheedov to learn the synchronized stomping dance moves that our family picked up while gallivanting through the Palestinian villages. Participants preferably wearing shoes.

1:00-1:30

Hat Making Demo

at Shumnaya Palatka Tent

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The Shuvani menfolk wear distinctive hats based on medieval fashions of the day. Dimitrii is the tribe's hat maker and he will show you how he goes about constructing each hat that will often become a Shuvani man's pride and joy.

Secrets of Gypsy Tarot Talk

at Drabani Tent

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Is there a difference between regular tarot and the Gypsy tarot? Visit Martiya in her antique wagon and learn the answers in this rare talk in which she gives away some of her secrets.

Magic Meditation For Kids - $3 (45 mins)

at Drabani Tent

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Come on a gentle, magical journey back into the Middle Ages! Our meditation adventure will start with some breathing and body awareness exercises, followed by a guided "story meditation", and finishing up with an interactive session for the children to share their imaginings. Children's meditation helps kids to feel calm, enhance creativity and self-esteem, and improve concentration!

Finger Weaving Demo

at Dumtekka Tent

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The Shuvani costumes are adorned with strips of braid and trim. Helen will show you how some of these braids were created by hand in the middle ages, and upon request, she will also teach you how to do it yourself.

1:30-2:00

Peg Doll Workshop - $3

at Shavora Tent

More infoNo booking required

Peg Doll Workshop (All ages especially the young at heart) Let the Shavora Shuvani ladies guide you in the authentic Romani craft of creating little Shuvani people out of wooden pegs.

Shuvani Acrobats

at The Common

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Flying, teetering on the edge, standing head above shoulders, Audrey the magnificent and her Ridiculously Tall companion will entertain with their acro antics.

2:00-2:30

Drumming Workshop - $5 (1 hr)

at The Big Fig

More infoNo booking required

(All ages and skill levels) Learn the basic technique of Egyptian Darabuka playing and add one or two authentic Egyptian rhythms to your repertoire.

Jewellery Workshop - $7

at A'Diva Tent

More infoBook now

(All Ages) Bring your little ones to thread pretty natural, hand-dyed beads and shells into a necklace or bracelet to take home. The jewellery will bring you the luck of the Shuvani all year whenever you wear it.

Magic Putsi Workshop - $2

at Dragoysta Tent

More infoBook now

(Adults and older kids) the Shuvani have a rich tradition of amulet and talisman lore reaching back into ancient times. Different items symbolise different things like love, luck, wisdom, and prosperity. Come learn the meaning of the different things found in nature and create your own Putsi (amulet bag) to take home.

2:30-3:00

Shuvani Dance Show

at The Common

More info

Depicting centuries of migrations along the Spice Trail, the Shuvani dance troupe perform a series of dances based on the traditions of India, Persia, The Middle East, Turkey, Europe and Spain, in that order, reflecting the path taken by Indian emigrants that began 1000 years ago and resulted in the Romani, Domari and Lom nations of modern times. The troupe of 30 gorgeous Shuvani dancers are delighted to have you join them on this historic journey.

3:00-3:30

Basket Making Demo

at Shavora Tent

More info

As the nomads travelled from city to city they tried to earn a living as best a nomad could. One method was to use the materials they found in nature to make products the townspeople might need. Basket Making has become an artform associated with the Romani Gypsies of Europe. Mary will demonstrate how a beautiful basket can be created using the foliage found in any garden.

Singing Workshop - $2

at The Big Fig

More infoNo booking required

(All Ages) Come and learn a pretty French song that the Shuvani have picked up on their travels and like to sing in 'rounds' to produce lovely harmonies and send relaxing energy through their encampment.

The Pain Proof Pixie

at The Common

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The Pain Proof Pixie is a delightful little oddity, a sideshow darkling, and a pixie of yesteryear. Finding comfort where others fear to tread, see her combine the inner workings of her imagination with hoops lined with nails and beds of the same! You may see her crack her whip or ignite the Shuvani encampment with her tantalising wings of fire! Taking you on a twisted journey into the carnivale of a bygone era, the Pain Proof Pixie will shock you with her dark curiosities and charm you with her innocent fantasies.

3:30-4:00

Juggling Workshop - $2

at Dragoysta Tent

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(Older kids and adults) Using three hand-crafted balls, Damon will teach you the easiest method of juggling! You can buy your gorgeous juggling balls to take home if you like.

Rayvn Wynters Nyte

at The Common

More info

The muse who inspired Shakespeare will inspire you too if you are lucky enough to be in the Shuvani encampment when she drifts in for her performance. Is she woman or is she fae? Does she spellbind with her dance alone or is something more magical afoot?

4:00-4:30

Tassel Making workshop - $2

at Dumtekka Tent

More infoNo booking required

(All ages. Toddlers will need adult help.) The wool gathered from the tribe's herd animals is used to make gorgeous tassels to decorate the encampment. Make one of your own to take home.

Circle Dance Workshop - FREE

at The Common

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(All Ages and skill levels) Circles dances are beautiful, simple dances done holding hands in a big circle. They symbolise community and the never-ending cycle of life. Shuvani circle dances are inspired by those of the Romani and of Eastern Europe.

4:30-5:00

Dabke Workshop - $3

at The Common

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(All skill levels, but tiny kids may get stamped on!) Dabke means "Stamping". Learn the simple stamping footwork of the Palestinian Dabke and dance it in a circle with live drumming!

5:90-5:30

Shuvani Encampment Dancing

at The Common

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More info to come...

5:30-6:00

Illumination Dancing

at The Common

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Make the most of the evening light by experiencing the magic of our mesmerising dances with lamps and candles.

6:00-6:30

Malika Fire Dancing

at The Common

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One of the Shuvani set to delight and thrill in the Shuvani camp. Have you ever loved something so much you just want to eat it up? Well, Malika loves fire more than most! When Malika was born, they say Fire was her twin. Now it is her dance partner, her companion and her muse. See them dance together now!

8:00pm

Gates Close

at Shuvani Encampment

Important Festival Info

  • Opening Hours
    SAT 9:00am - 8:00pm
    SUN 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Food
    The Old Petrie Town Markets will be operating Saturday 10am to 3pm and Sunday 8am to 2pm. Food is available there. We encourage you to bring your food, picnic blankets and a rug as we will have a area in front of our performance area for you to relax and watch.
  • Parking
    Old Petrie Town has extensive parking facilities.
  • Toilets
    Toilet facilities are located OUT of the Shuvani Encampment and within Old Petrie Town.
  • Dogs
    Due to having our own animals on display we ask that no dogs be brought into the encampment please.
  • Pricing
    General admission for all is $5, with children four years of age and under free.
    Demonstrations and performances are all free. Workshops will have a small gold coin fee and some workshops will require ESSENTIAL ONLINE BOOKINGS (see below).
  • *Please Note: children MUST be accompanied at ALL times by an adult.
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