Nyet Nyet’s Picnic
“Be prepared to be scared witless” – Heraldsun
First Nations artists and Snuff Puppets collaborated for several years to create Nyet Nyet’s Picnic, a giant spectacle that brought the world of bunyips to life through big puppets and live music.
Bunyips, mythical Australian Indigenous creatures, dwell in creeks, riverbeds, waterholes, and swamps. They emerge to both terrify and occasionally prey on animals and humans, serving as important messengers from the land.
In 2005, the show made its debut during the City of Melbourne’s Reconciliation Week, on the banks of the Yarra River.
The puppets featured in Nyet Nyet’s Picnic also appeared in educational workshops for schools and as roaming acts, showcasing the ongoing presence of the bunyips in Victoria.
Assitej Festival, South Australia 2008
Castlemaine State Festival, 2007
Nyet Nyet’s Picnic – School Workshops, Big West Festival, 2005
City of Melbourne Reconciliation Week, 2005
Nyet Nyets Picnic – Parade, Moomba Festival, Melbourne 2003