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February 26, 2021

Dancing with ancestors: Aruanda Dance Celebration bursts into being

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Chilly and at times rainy conditions did little to dampen the spirits of festival goers, who lit campfires in the evenings to keep warm.

Some young participants in the Aruanda Dance Celebration at Stokers Siding over the weekend. Photo: Paul Bibby

There was also a feast of music to feed the soul, including DJs Moontide, Pumah and Monsieur Diop, and a host of local singer-songwriters including Murray Kyle and Olivia Rosebery.

The intention of the festival was bringing ancestral elements into a modern context, and this was reflected in the music, which featured ethno beats and tribal grooves.

It was also expressed through a series of workshops that included Capoeira, Ancient Movement and Qi Gong.

There was a kids area with face painting and circus games and a selection of plant-based Brazilian food.


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