The Wagana Dancers performing at the last Saltwater Freshwater festival held at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour.
The Wagana Dancers performing at the last Saltwater Freshwater festival held at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour. leigh Jensen

Countdown is on until Saltwater Freshwater's return

THE Saltwater Freshwater Festival is set for a triumphant return.

The largest Aboriginal cultural event on the Mid North Coast, the only free festival of its kind in New South Wales will return to Coffs Harbour's North Coast Regional Botanic Garden on January 26 to celebrate the music, art and culture of the Gumbaynggirr, Biripi, Dunghutti and Worimi nations.

NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) Councillor for Mid-North Coast Peter Smith said more than 15,000 people attended Saltwater Freshwater when it was last held in 2015.

"The strength of Saltwater Freshwater is that it's owned and operated by 10 Local Aboriginal Land Councils in the Mid-North Coast region," Mr Smith said.

"It's self-determination, it's a celebration of survival, diversity and pride.

"Saltwater Freshwater allows us a platform to pass on traditional Aboriginal cultural knowledge to our young people and to equip them with the knowledge they need to be our future leaders."

The NSWALC has committed $25,000 to support the event.

"Saltwater Freshwater celebrates survival, diversity and pride and it's a great opportunity for non-Aboriginal people to celebrate the strength of our culture," NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See said.



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