This is my experience of the the Saltwater Freshwater Festival of 2013 in Taree. I had such an inspiring day and felt really privileged to be able to capture some of this footage and share it with others - wonderful moments as always - moving beyond words. What a profound and groundbreaking event to have here on the Mid North Coast of NSW - I hope it catches on across the country - I think it's inevitable.
If you did not get to go - you should come next year - the festival is in Kempsey next year, on January 26. From personal experience - its a day you will always treasure in your memory - a day of coming together and being part of something bigger, something real and tangible, a day of sharing and experiencing, a day of true community in every sense of the word.
A little bit about the festival…
The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is the largest Aboriginal cultural event on the Mid North Coast and is the only free Festival of its kind in New South Wales.
The Festival is an open invitation to come together on Australia Day and presents a unique opportunity to experience Aboriginal living culture through the sharing of music, dance, food, conversations and family fun.
This is the fourth year of the Festival, which is a nomadic event, moving to a different location on the Mid North Coast of NSW each Australia Day (26 January). The Festival aims to bring a spirit of cohesiveness and reconciliation to its host community each year.
The inaugural Festival held in Coffs Harbour in 2010, where some 12 000 people attended, won the Community Event of the Year Award at the Coffs Harbour Australia Day Awards in 2011.
The Festival is a drug and alcohol free event and an uplifting place to spend Australia Day in a welcoming, entertaining and inclusive environment.