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mountain to mouth 2018

Mountain to Mouth (M~M) is a multi-award winning biennial extreme arts walk, an 80 km journey of discovery held over two days - founded by the City of Greater Geelong and artist and writer Meme McDonald.  In the tradition of the Wadawurrung, M~M creates a contemporary songline across the Geelong and Queenscliffe region which begins at the You Yangs mountain range, crosses Geelong’s industrial heartland at nightfall and arrives in the city centre to collide with Geelong After Dark, a night of extreme and unexpected arts.

At dawn the next day, the procession follows the Barwon River through rolling Bellarine farmland, along ocean beach to reach river mouth at sunset where the final fiery ceremony is held on the beachfront. The route is punctuated with edgy artworks and contemporary ceremonies commissioned for M~M, bringing people together through shared experiences of extreme arts that celebrate the land and First Peoples. Involving 100s artists and community participants and audiences in the 1000s. Both Margie and Gilbert created ritual-artworks with communities for M~M over several years, leading up to Margie's engagement as Artistic Director in 2018.

Photos: Jarrah Lynch, Ed Sloane & Pam Hutchinson

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M~M 2018 paid homage and respect to those who went before; those ancestors and luminaries - the trail blazers who brightened our paths.  With the recent passing of founding artistic director Meme McDonald (stellar extreme-art and culture maker) the M~M 2018 Contemporary Songline continued Meme’s legacy creating ‘extreme arts’ from the intimate to the monumental across the 80 km trek on the theme of EARTH. 

In deeply honouring our many connections to earth and each other, ‘extreme’ art was conceptualised as 'experiences of slow' in a walk of contemplation, remembrance, and joyous celebration. 

mountain to mouth 2016

Gathering of the City Geelong Connected Communities Ceremony

 Over 70 artists were commissioned to create work across the twelve walking circles and three ceremonies, which addressed issues relating to the environment they were set in as well as responding to this year's theme of “Air”.

Margie was commissioned to compose Gathering of the City Ceremony which was created with the participation of over 60 performers and made a visually dazzling and heatwarming display of music and dance as people from a range of cultures and backgrounds came together to celebrate diversity.

Photos: Ed Sloane

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