Monday, 18 August 2014


CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It is no accident that the acronym was chosen mindful of the fact that Ceres was the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture (hence "cereals"). I have already posted some shots from CERES, which you can see here and here.

The CERES Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival is an annual community celebration welcoming the Sacred Kingfisher back to its original habitat, along the banks of the Merri Creek in Brunswick. The Sacred Kingfisher bird has become a symbol of "hope" connecting people and place. It is a community ritual and a working process with the Wurundjeri people, various cultural communities and performers of all ages and abilities.

As long as the Kingfisher returns each year in Spring, it is a sign that we are taking care of our local environment and the home or Stamping Ground of the Sacred Kingfisher. The community is invited annually to wear Kingfisher colours, make a mask, learn the Kingfisher Boogie at the Village Green and follow the Giant Mother Kingfisher puppet through CERES in celebration of the Return of the Sacred Kingfisher. The murals publicise the event.

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.


  1. So much detail Nick.. the Kingfisher boogie you say :)

  2. This is fantastic! I love kingfishers. Hope this mural brings them the attention they need. :)

  3. Hello Nick,

    What a wonderful, blue mural to welcome back the Kingfisher--a gorgeous blue bird! Thanks for making Blue Monday special by sharing this.

    Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

  4. Tremendous Nick. The talent of some of these artists is amazing.

  5. Fascinating. I did not know kingfishers were considered sacred. Yet I understand how a yearly return can become symbolic of hope and continuity. Thanks, Jim, for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.


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