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October 5, 2022

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Kinship Festival

One of the region’s largest cultural events returns to Murwillumbah and excitement is building for the seventh annual Kinship Festival.

After the trauma of the recent flooding The Kinship committee feels that creating a sense of connection and healing for all families is more important than ever. 

This year’s event will feature a large-scale sand, soil, and ochre art instillation that the whole community can contribute to on the day. 

The festival invites families and community to enjoy a day of meaningful connection – incorporating a community corroboree, Indigenous artisan markets, face painting, and kids’ nature crafts and activities, community art installation, and free bush tucker and vegetarian lunch. 

This free event aims to benefit all families with a sense of connection and belonging in the hope of creating stronger families and stronger communities.

Murwillumbah Community Centre Kinship Festival Committee member Aunty Deidre Currie said the Kinship Festival is a wonderful opportunity for the community to connect and heal after a difficult few years.

One of the most popular features of the Kinship Festival in the past has been the Elders Sharing Wisdom Workshop, where elders share their values, stories, and wisdom with children from across the Tweed.

The theme of this year’s Kinship Festival is Grandmother Dreaming and Healing After The Floods. The Healing Hub and Koori Mail, who this year gained worldwide attention for their effective cultural approaches to crisis response in the Northern Rivers, will be present and providing healing support on the day, alongside other local services.

There will also be a musical honouring at 2pm to celebrate the life of Stu Fergie, the popular OKA front man who was a longtime supporter of Kinship Festival, by OKA family members – led by Julian Bel Bachir.

This free festival is on this Saturday at Knox Park from 10am till 4pm and also features many activities and fun for the kids, including Uncle Johnny Huckle with a kids’ music flashmob performance to ‘The Wombat Wobble’ happening at 12pm.

The Aboriginal Artisan Market gives people the opportunity to meet with and talk to Aboriginal artists from across the Northern Rivers and learn about their stories.

The Kinship Festival is led and directed by members of the Aboriginal community and supported by local services as a gift for all families to experience, and is proudly funded by the NSW Government. It is delivered in partnership with Tweed Shire Council.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/thekinshipfestival or contact Lara Lei at [email protected] or phone 6672 3003. 

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