ABOUT THE KARIJINI EXPERIENCE
This event offers a great platform for all people to come together in a celebration of Aboriginal achievement. Many Aboriginal people and language groups are represented from diverse backgrounds from all corners of Australia and we believe it will gain a reputation as being a celebration of reconciliation: a fusion of many cultures sharing in the beauty of our culture and country
The Karijini Experience was established in 2013 with the inaugural Karijini Dinner Experience hosted by the Pilbara Inland Chamber of Commerce (PICCI). In the following three years it grew from a culinary event under the stars attended by 75 people to a thriving annually recurring multi-arts event with a focus on celebrating local Indigenous culture.
In 2017, it attracted 1235 visitors, featured 90 artists, headlined 37 individual events, representing 13 indigenous language groups and was supported by 74 partners and sponsors. It is now delivering on its aims of promoting the region’s outstanding cultural and environmental values and building the capacity that will allow it to capitalise on its tourism potential. In 2015, the event was moved from the PICCI to Nintirri Centre Inc. The aim was to ensure the long-term sustainability of an event that had outgrown the capacity of PICCI’s voluntary committee to deliver, and the move has already paid dividends.
What sets the Karijini Experience apart from other regional events and festivals is its unique setting and strong sense of place, combined with a growing recognition for the authenticity of its Indigenous cultural content and sense of community. In doing this, the event delivers a number of social, cultural and economic impacts that enhance and promote the Inland Pilbara including the following:
Celebration of environmental protection, connection and culture; Opportunities for capacity building and community development in the delivery of the event; and Driving social and multicultural inclusion and engagement.
Generation of excitement and buzz around the potential for growth in tourism and the resultant benefits that economic diversification will achieve. This includes engagement of the key stakeholders into a discussion on how we build tourism in the Pilbara, as well as driving recognition and promotion of the importance of tourism to the small and medium sized businesses in the Inland Pilbara; Support and promotion of existing, developing and potential tourism product in the region; and The economic flow-through that occurs in hosting a major event in the Inland Pilbara, including overall increased tourism visitation as a result of raising the profile of the Inland Pilbara as a destination.
A platform from which to celebrate the history and heritage of the Inland Pilbara; Provision for the maintenance and expression of traditional Indigenous culture; and Expression of contemporary arts and culture in a remote region of Western Australia.