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Saltwater Freshwater Festival

The annual Saltwater Freshwater Festival, which falls on Australia Day, is a unique and much-loved event attracting a broad spectrum of the Mid North Coast community – Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal, youngsters to Elders.

The Festival’s mission is to celebrate and share authentic Aboriginal living culture with the wider community and commemorate Australia Day as a positive, inclusive family day for all communities to enjoy.

The only Aboriginal cultural festival of its kind in regional NSW, it is a true showcase of local culture, skills, music, dance, art, lifestyle and culinary talent. Guests include local Elders, and musicians including at past events, Archie Roach, Radical Son, Emily Wurramara, Busby Marou, Emma Donovan, Troy Cassar-Daley and Roger Knox

Among its goals is to pass on Aboriginal cultural knowledge to the region’s youth. The Festival is also about creating a platform for Aboriginal performers, artists and businesses and unearths the rich, diverse and thriving Goori culture here on the Mid North Coast. The Festival has received strong support from the corporate, government and private sectors as well as the local community.