This year the Saltwater Freshwater Festival showcased the broad and diverse spectrum of the Mid-North Coast community, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal backgrounds along with youngsters and Elders in attendance. Cultural workshops were available throughout the day that allowed the public to participate in Canoe building, dance, weaving, language yarn-up and Bush Tucker tours.
Opening with Australia Day awards and a Citizenship ceremony, the Festival welcome comprised a “Welcome to the Country” by Aunty Donna Hall and Aunty Lynette Davis. This was followed by a Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Steve Brereton and rounded out by a formal welcome by Mayor David West.
Worimi Dancers and the Baraya Wakulda (singing together) Choir were featured after the welcome. This display of traditional movement and singing set the tone for the Festival bringing all in attendance together and eager to see what the day had on offer. The finalists of the Made Deadly 2019 NSW musical competition took to the stage shortly after. Made Deadly provides an opportunity for talent in the region to perform live, this year on Australia Day in front of a crowd and represents undiscovered and emerging artists of all ages and all walks of life.
Overall this is a great festival showcasing our Indigenous heritage in NSW. An ongoing partnership that we at Unified Security are proud to be part of. Saltwater highlights the region and what we have to offer each other.
Thank you to Chris Spencer and Joedie Lawler.