Nyaal (Open Your Eyes)

The 2019 Theme: Nyaal (Open Your Eyes)

We Acknowledge Wadawurrung Traditional Owners of the land on which the Word for Word Festival takes place; their Elders past, present and emerging; and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our heartfelt thanks to Wadawurrung Traditional Owners for allowing us to incorporate the Wadawurrung word Nyaal (meaning: Open Your Eyes) into the festival theme for 2019 – the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

In particular, The Word for Word Festival wishes to acknowledge and thank Wadawurrung woman Corrina Eccles, for her invaluable assistance and guidance for this year’s festival.

The Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is committed to bringing issues and topics related to the challenges facing First Australians to the fore through the presentation of non-fiction writing and ideas as part of the 2019 festival program and into the future.

To find out more about the first language of this land, download the Wadawurrung App HERE. This digital resource is an introduction to Wadawurrung language, Wadawurrung people are the Traditional Owners of the region that encompasses the Geelong and Ballarat areas of Victoria, Australia. The app was produced in partnership with the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation and the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Language.

– The Word for Word Festival Team


Wathaurung Corporation (trading as Wadawurrung)