Botanic Gardens at the heart of the Commonwealth

Corroboree (cor|robo¦ree) Gathering of Aboriginal people to celebrate culture and heritage.

Corroboree is an art festival celebrating people, indigenous culture and ecological diversity among the Commonwealth Nations.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) will be celebrating our place in the heart of the Commonwealth with events at all our Gardens and at Glasgow Botanic Garden over the summer. The events are timed to coincide with The Queen’s Baton Relay as this moves around the country in advance of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Australian performance artists Ariel Killick and Jillibalu will animate our Logan, Dawyck and Edinburgh Garden with a specially devised walkabout performance on stilts that will celebrate indigenous culture and ecological diversity among the Commonwealth Nations. The performance will be in Gaelic, an Aboriginal language and English and will reference traditional mythologies and arts of both cultures.

Maori artist and tradition-bearer Veranoa Hetet will demonstrate traditional weaving using natural fibres drawn from the New Zealand flora and will be sharing ideas and inspiration with members of the Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle.

Sculptor James Harry from Vancouver brings a First Nation perspective to his work with a range of materials, media and styles that reflect the artistic heritage of the Pacific North West as well as contemporary influences.

Visit www.rbge.org.uk/corroboree for further details and event listings.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)