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


Original Creators: John Harding, Andy Freer, Earl Rosas, James Wilkinson, Ian Pidd, Nick Barlow, Daniele Piodomani, Ben Fox, Katrina Gaskell, Suzanne Kalk, Daniell Flood

Collaborators and Performers: Nick Barlow, Tony Briggs, Corleen Cooper, Jania Charles, Gary Donnelly, Dennis Fisher, Daniell Flood, Jason Jai, KT Prescott, Earl Rosas, PJ Rosas, Naretha Williams, Robbie Avenaim, Carolyn Briggs, John Harding, Wal Saunders, Dori Dragon Bicchierai