20 July 2017

The Kinship Festival 2017 | A Wrap Up

Held during National Families Week, the Kinship Festival, now in its third year, is celebrated annually in Murwillumbah by Indigenous and non-Indigenous families. A vibrant cultural festival, Kinship connects families with community, culture and country, linking people through shared learning and meaningful participation in the hope of creating stronger families and stronger communities.

The festival provides a range of activities and performances for everyone to enjoy including kids art activites, story telling workshops, stalls, yarns with the elders, free bush tucker food, dancers and musicians. Each year, the festival has grown and Arts Northern Rivers, in an ongoing capacity, offers support to Aboriginal artists and to those wanting to have an art stall at the well attended festival.

A much anticipated part of the festival is always the engaging dance performances and this year was no different with a fantastic array of talented dance groups from all across Bundjalung country. These dance groups’ performances play a crucial role in confirming connection and culture for community and in particular our young people.  For the future, and in partnership with Kinship Festival, Arts Northern Rivers is seeking to support these dancers further with the development of a song and dance art program for young Aboriginal participants in the Tweed and Murwillumbah.

On Saturday 20 May, the collaborative making of a large scale sand, soil and ochre art installation, designed by Uncle Magpie and laid down by sand soil artist, Karma Barnes, was a feature of the Kinship Festival with everyone from the littlest to the eldest eagerly contributing to the beautiful collaborative artwork.

Kinship is a free event and is coordinated by Murwillumbah Community Centre’s Indigenous Programs staff and members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and is supported by local community service organizations. Jarulah Slabb who worked on the Festival planning committee at Murwillumbah Community Centre said “I think The Kinship Festival is a good thing for the community, it gives everyone the chance to come together. There’s not very many times a year when we have the opportunity to come together to celebrate our strengths and values as a community.”


Images | Taken from the video – Kinship Festival 2017, Filmed and Edited by Sharon Shostak