15 October 2010
Big Mob - big fun
Mark "Black" Olive talks Indigenous food.
Students and staff enjoyed the Big Mob Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander festival on RMIT University's City campus.
Tjimba and the Yung Warriors, Illana Atkinson, Bart Willoughby, Selwyn Burns and Drewz Namok provided the music.
Mark "Black" Olive, host of the TV show, The Outback Café, gave a cooking demonstration.
The event was run by the Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, in conjunction with Indigenous Studies in the School of Art.
Fiona Ellis, Director of Student Services, told the crowd that RMIT recognised the values that underpinned Aboriginal living culture.
"RMIT also accepts its role in contributing to the wider Aboriginal community and is committed to such national programs such as Close the Gap," she said.
"We are also committed to the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program.
"The Ngarara Willim Centre is an important part of RMIT and serves to provide cultural, spiritual and academic guidance and advice."
The gourmet demonstration attracted the crowds.
Tjimba and the Yung Warriors.
Yassaad Jafferally, Jaber Jabir and Ukash Ahmed from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering enjoy the event.
Colin Hunt, a Wurundjeri elder who gave the Welcome to Country, with Stuart McFarlane, Manager of the Ngarara Willim Centre.
Illana Atkinson belts out a number.