Nambucca River 26th and 27th November 2016

With regret the Festival will NOT now run in 2016

Hands-on arts for all abilities

Free hands-on arts for all abilities at Nambucca River Festival!

As part of the fast approaching Nambucca River Festival at the end of November on the river in Macksville, Mid Coast Communities Ability Links program is very proud to be involved again in offering free all day art activities for festival goers of all ages and abilities from 10 am to 6pm on Saturday 28 November. 

Working with local Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal artists Aunty Shaa Smith and Uncle Martin Ballangarry, participants will have the opportunity to another new large sized cardboard puppet of an animal of local significance to the Nambucca River and Gumbaynggirr as well as create their own fish puppet at all day workshops, then proudly show off their creations at culmination of Saturday’s day time activities during the on-land parade.

Last year saw the creation of a majestic Osprey sea eagle chasing a giant sized river Mullet amidst a school of smaller fishes throughout the festival crowds as a key accompaniment to the on-land drumming parade that will call in Saturday evening’s festivities – all created and performed spontaneously through community participants on the day.  This year festival goers will be able to ‘grow the family’ of river inspired puppets as a new puppet will be added –a gigantic Cobra Worm – a significant local bush tucker food & medicine – will worm its way into the parade amongst the drummers & dancers.  And once again festival goers invited to create their own fish puppets at all day puppet-decorating workshops and play a key role in joining in on the parade to show off their colourful artistic creations and the all these majestic puppets snake their way through the crowd through to a climactic welcoming in of the evening’s festivities!

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Festival goers can drop in at any time during the day on Saturday to the festival arts hub to create their very own take home fish-on-a-stick puppet… as well as get hands-on in the creation of the 2 giant puppets by decorating and adding their own a personalised flourishes as well as scribe their hopes and dreams and share their own story of their connection to the Nambucca River. 

The day’s activities will culminate at 6pm as the drummers prepare to call in the crowd and parade their way along River Street through the length of the festival to the main stage area to build the excitement for the headline act, the evening river lantern parade and fireworks extravaganza.  All puppet-making participants will be called to the Arts Hub at 6pm and invited to join with the drummers for this very special on-land parade.

Ability Links is a proud supporter of the festival and its’ ambition to bring local communities together in all their diversity in a celebration of the Nambucca River and what unites us.  In keeping with the central ‘river’ theme of the festival, the Ability Links arts activity also acknowledges that 21 – 29 November is National Social Inclusion Week and that bringing people together from all ages, cultures and abilities in a community-wide celebration of inclusion is a perfect showcase for just how vibrant and vital the wider Nambucca Valley region is and how each and every member of the community is an essential ingredient in making this such a beautiful place to call home.