NATURE'S STAGE: About 25 Indigenous youth from across the Coffs Coast took to the sand at Jetty Beach to promote the Saltwater Freshwater festival.
NATURE'S STAGE: About 25 Indigenous youth from across the Coffs Coast took to the sand at Jetty Beach to promote the Saltwater Freshwater festival. Claudia Jambor

Flash mob offer Saltwater Freshwater sneak peak

A DANCING flash mob of more than 25 Indigenous dancers embraced the sands of Jetty Beach as the stage to promote the Saltwater Freshwater Festival earlier this afternoon.

Beach-goers quickly gathered around the group mesmerised as they began their routine, which blended contemporary and traditional Aboriginal dance making reference to various Indigenous cultural activities including the spirits coming down to the waterhole and gathering berries around the rivers.

Dancers predominantly of Gumbaynggirr nationdescended on Coffs Harbour at midday to perform their self-choreographed dance inspired by local waterways.

The six minute performance was performed with music that weaved snippets of Gumbaynggirr language.

 

Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance cultural programs manager Kristen Collier said the concept of the flash mob performance is to promote the talent of our local Indigenous communities.

"There's kind of a feeling that real Aboriginal culture is out in the desert or up in the Torres Straits but of course we have an amazing array of talent right her on the Mid North Coast," Ms Collier said.

"We're really excited about connecting young people to their culture and dance so the pride of these young people and their families to come down today and see them dancing traditional dance is something that's not formally taught or shared.

"So this is an opportunity for them to learn and also for them to learn pass on to their communities and hopefully to their kids as well," she said. 



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