International collaboration brings unique exhibition to Bellingen Shire Coffs Coast Nambucca Valley by News Of The Area - Modern Media - November 28, 2023 Bellingen, Dorrigo, and Urunga Libraries will be the home to a unique exhibition brought to us by Istar Backlund Dakhil from Sweden. ‘In a Timeless Story’ is a picture book presented both in physical form and as an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience – where the reader is invited to step into the world of the book and experience the story all around them. The narrative unfolds through the knowledge and life experiences told by Laila Spik, who comes from a reindeer herding family in Sirkas’ Sami village in Jokkmokk, Sápmi, and Gumbaynggirr elder Uncle Micklo Jarrett. In a Timeless Story explores the intricate connection between humanity and nature, delving into the transmission of wisdom across generations to safeguard the vibrancy of traditions and cultures. The project has been led by Ishtar Bäcklund Dakhil, who illustrated and wrote the text together with Marie Metso. The immersive VR experience has been crafted by Vincent Wong, and complemented by an evocative musical score composed by Philip Olofsson. Bellingen Shire Council’s Shire Librarian, Rowena Sierant, was approached by Ishtar after Micklo Jarrett recommended the shire’s libraries for the exhibition. Reflecting on the unique proposal, Rowena expressed her excitement in supporting Ishtar’s mission for an international arts grant to bring this extraordinary story to Australia. The exhibition’s grand opening is on Monday, 27 November at 5 pm, with Uncle Micklo present to launch the event. “I contacted Uncle Micklo, and we are thrilled to have him participate,” Rowena said. All are welcome to join Uncle Micklo in a Gumbaynggirr language and singing session, followed by insights from Ishtar, who will also share the enchanting picture book with the audience. From Tuesday 28 November to Friday 15 December, the book and artworks will be showcased at Bellingen Library. Visitors, both adults and children, are encouraged to immerse themselves in the VR experience using provided headsets. The exhibition will be on display at the Dorrigo and Urunga libraries from Tuesday 5 – Friday 15 December. For additional details, contact Rowena Sierant, Shire Librarian, on 02 6655 1744. The reader is invited to step into the world of the book and experience the story all around them. In a Timeless Story explores the intricate connection between humanity and nature, delving into the transmission of wisdom across generations to safeguard the vibrancy of traditions and cultures.