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NAIDOC Flash Mob


There will be dancing in the streets of Kempsey this NAIDOC Week, as twenty young Aboriginal dancers from the Mid North Coast perform in flash mobs as part of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2013 NAIDOC program.

The Kempsey community have been advised to keep their ears open for the sound of clap-sticks, heralding the start of an (Our) Flash Mob, a six minute performance blending traditional Aboriginal, contemporary and hip-hip dance moves. (Our) Flash Mob is set to appear at several high profile locations in the Kempsey CBD during NAIDOC Week.

The young dancers, aged 13 to 17, from Coffs Harbour, Macksville and Kempsey, learnt the dance at a recent Saltwater Freshwater Dance & Culture Camp at Scotts Head in June. Working with local dance facilitators over three days, they are now ready to debut the dance to the wider community, flash mob style.

The Saltwater Freshwater Festival precinct at the Burrun Dalai Fun Day will be a place for hands-on participation with Aboriginal arts and culture. Weaving workshops will be running throughout the day for people of all ages, offering the opportunity to learn a traditional cultural practice of our Mid North Coast region.

Also featured at the Fun Day will be Marruma Wutu Gila (Make Plenty Aunty), a new textile arts enterprise developed by Kempsey women who participated in stitching workshops run by Saltwater Freshwater in 2012. A range of works, including bags, cushions, aprons and other handicrafts will be on display and available for sale. The Burrun Dalai Fun Day, featuring the Saltwater Freshwater Festival Precinct, is at Kempsey Services Club Park on Wednesday 10 July 2013.

Visitors will be also able to speak with representatives from Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Indigenous Business Australia, North Coast TAFE, Wollotuka Institute and Roads and Maritime Services.  Holiday Coast Credit Union will also be running finance management workshops from their mobile office in a converted 52 seater bus.

To crown a great week of art and culture, the NAIDOC Week Awards & Celebration Ball, presented in partnership with the Kempsey NAIDOC Committee, will see performances by the Saltwater Freshwater Dancers and the Kempsey contingent of (Our) Flash Mob, as the unsung heroes of the Kempsey Aboriginal community are recognised for their contribution in the last twelve months. The Awards Night & Celebration Ball is on Saturday 13 July at the Kempsey Macleay RSL auditorium.

Kristen Collier, Festival Coordinator at Saltwater Freshwater says: “We are really excited to work with the Kempsey community for the NAIDOC Week celebrations.  It is great to be here and we’re really looking forward to continuing to work together to make the Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2014 the celebration that the Kempsey community wants it to be.”

Image Credit: Photograph by Maddie Whitford (2013)