'Soul man' Archie Roach will perform in North Coast Regional Botanic Garden at the 2015 Saltwater Freshwater Festival.
'Soul man' Archie Roach will perform in North Coast Regional Botanic Garden at the 2015 Saltwater Freshwater Festival. Rob Wright

Saltwater Freshwater Festival returns to Coffs Coast in 2015

SPELLBINDING performer Archie Roach is coming back to the Coffs Coast to headline a festival on Gumbaynggirr country in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden on Australia Day 2015.

The legendary singer-songwriter last visited the city in July for NAIDOC Week and his performance at Southern Cross University was one of the most acclaimed in years.

Archie will perform at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival which returns on January 26 with the aim of building on the richness of contemporary Goori culture around the Mid North Coast region.

The festival is an invitation for everyone to come together and celebrate a day of inclusion and respect with live music, a children's area, dance, hands-on cultural workshops, discussion forums and an array of art, craft and food stalls.

The heart of the festival is the collaboration with local communities to share talent, history, language and lifestyle ... whether, the stories of elders, local dance groups, the creative vision of artists, budding businesses of aboriginal stallholders, or the invaluable volunteering by community organisations.

It will be an alcohol and smoke free community event.

Meanwhile the NSW Government has announced a $100,000 grant to Saltwater Freshwater Alliance as an investment in arts and cultural programs in the region.

The Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, invited the community to get involved with "the terrific opportunities the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation offers."



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