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Kinship festival a cultural feast in Murwillumbah

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Bundjalung woman Sarah Bolt is an artist, an actress and a dancer who teaches contemporary and traditional Aboriginal dance and hip-hop. Photo Tree Faerie.

Organisers were delighted to see the hundreds gathered at Knox Park in Murwillumbah on Saturday to celebrate Aboriginal culture and join in the fun of one of the Far North Coast’s biggest Indigenous gatherings – a wonderful corroboree for everyone to share.

Showcasing culture through art, dance, and stories, the annual Kinship Festival is a Families Week gathering designed and directed by members of the Indigenous community in collaboration with service providers with the aim of connecting children and families to country and a sense of community.

The Kinship Festival promotes a broader understanding and acceptance of the unique place of Aboriginal cultures in contemporary Australian society. Culture is central to the lives of Aboriginal Australians and is a key factor in improving and maintaining wellbeing. It shapes Aboriginal identity, linking people to their community and country.

Those who came to be part of the festival were treated wonderful dance performances and beautiful arts and crafts.

The Kinship experience spilled over into Sunday when Colin Appo gave a talk about the Seven Sisters Songlines, there was a Bundjalung weaving workshop with Aunty Tania Marlowe and Deb Cole and an Ochre workshop.

Photos Tree Faerie

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  1. It was so good to see our “First Peoples” enjoying the beautiful weather and surroundings and displaying the wonderful arts and crafts that they have. It looked like everyone was having a great time and my friend and I felt very welcome just walking around,looking and talking to people. Well done Murwillumbah!


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