Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

INDIGE­NOUS cus­to­di­ans of the land will play a cen­tral role in this year’s Cul­tural Fes­ti­val with the Tra­di­tional Own­ers Yarn Cir­cle be­com­ing a cen­tral hub at the event.

Tra­di­tional cus­to­di­ans of the land are invit­ing the Townsville com­mu­nity to come along and ex­pe­ri­ence an ex­change of cul­ture, knowl­edge, arts and mu­sic at the Townsville Cul­tural Fes­ti­val, run­ning from Au­gust 9 to 13 at James Cook Univer­sity Cam­pus.

Oper­a­tions man­ager Kayli­cia Stott said that this year’s event would be big­ger and bet­ter than ever as it was their sec­ond year at JCU.

“Now that we are all set­tled in, we have been able to re­ally fo­cus on the pro­gram­ming for the fes­ti­val, al­lo­cat­ing far more en­ergy to the fun­da­men­tal el­e­ments of theatre, com­edy, dance, and art, for the com­mu­nity to im­merse in and en­joy,” she said.

Mem­bers from both the Wul­gu­ruk­aba and the Bin­dal na­tions will be teach­ing the com­mu­nity lan­guage, of­fer­ing work­shops, and hold­ing sep­a­rate heal­ing cir­cles for men and women, all week.

Indige­nous el­der Al­fred Small­wood said it would be the first time they would be hold­ing a heal­ing cir­cle for men at the fes­ti­val.

Day and weekly tick­ets are now avail­able on­line and range from $ 15-$ 50.

CUL­TURAL: Wil­liam Mabo and Un­cle Al­fred Small­wood Pic­ture: SHAE BEPLATE

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