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Saltwater Freshwater Festival

Australia Day celebration of Indigenous lifestyle in Taree

This Australia Day, Taree will host the 4th Saltwater Freshwater Festival as a celebration of Indigenous identity and lifestyle.

The inaugural 2010 Saltwater Freshwater Festival exceeded everyone’s expectations when 12,000 people enjoyed a free day of Aboriginal music, workshops, food, markets, dance, art and children’s activities at the Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens. On January 26 2013, the festival returns with a strong canoe theme, tying in with a national movement to revive the craft of traditional Aboriginal canoe building. Along with canoes from the Dunghutti, Birpai and Worimi nations there will also be canoes coming to the festival from across the state. The watercraft will take to the Manning River in Taree on Australia Day.

Not only is the family-oriented and alcohol-free event a meaningful and positive way to spend Australia Day, it’s also jam packed with inclusive activities and performances the whole family will enjoy.

Iconic rock band Coloured Stone, hip hop group The Last Kinection and Triple J favourites The Medics will headline the festival. Speakers in the ‘Yarn Tent’ will be talking up a storm, with sessions focused on Aboriginal employment, youth and constitutional recognition. The engaging panels will feature prominent Aboriginal Australians such as Aden Ridgeway, Alison Page, Jeremy Donovan, Tania Major and more.

For those living outside of the Manning Region, there will be return buses running between the festival and Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Gloucester and Forster. Thanks to a Transport for NSW grant, fares will only be $6 return per person or $10 return for a family of four. Bookings are essential – see the website below.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013