BUNDJALUNG people lead a reconciliation dance at the 2004 Wollumbin Festival held annually at the Tyalgum Showground in October
BUNDJALUNG people lead a reconciliation dance at the 2004 Wollumbin Festival held annually at the Tyalgum Showground in October

Wollumbin festival tribute

By Nadine Fisher

Celebrating indigenous reconciliation and promoting environmental awareness, healing and sustainable lifestyles is the aim of Wollumbin Festival to be held on October 14-16 at Tyalgum Showground.

Wollumbin Festival, first held in 2001, celebrates the sacred mountain Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and a common connection to the earth.

Festival committee member Lisa Yeates said Wollumbin Festival was a community-based, family-oriented, multicultural festival.

"The festival highlights include traditional dance, corroboree and senior Bundjalung elders speaking on traditional values and culture, the stolen generations and the impacts of white colonisation on their people and country," Ms Yeates said.

"This year's program includes a series of workshops teaching traditional dances to children and youth, as well as special workshops with tribal elders for existing Bundjalung dance groups."

"The three-day festival will showcase local and regional music talent, a reconciliation embassy, environmental exhibitions and workshops.

"It's just a magical celebration of unity, linking people through music while raising awareness of the mountain and our connection to Mother Earth.

"The low entry and camping fees aim to make this an affordable family event. No alcohol, drugs or pets are permitted."

Ms Yeates said it was important in times of change and uncertainty to connect with like-minded souls.

"Music, art, dance, stories and workshops are powerful channels for communicating significance and building partnerships for mutual benefit and understanding," she said.

"The mountain calls all people to gather to consider our ideals and values in a celebration of unity. We're all supported by the living planet and connected to every other living thing yet we are close to destroying the very thing we depend on."

For information check the website www.wollumbindreaming.org or phone 0429 799 463.



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