Yarrawonga Chronicle

Free Many Mobs festival

- By Robert Muir

Want to make, at no cost, and sell various indigenous items?

Well you can, at free men and women’s workshops as part of a three-day Many Mobs Festival starting this Friday, April 21, at the speedboat racing E.C.Griffiths Cup on the Yarrawonga Foreshore.

After the traditiona­l Welcome to Country Ceremony at 11.00am, people will have the opportunit­y to learn so much.

From 11.15am to 3.15pm on Friday and Saturday, indigenous leader Charlie Waters will conduct the workshops.

In the men’s workshop, you will be shown how to make a didgeridoo, how to paint it and how to play it. Learn also how to make a shield and boomerang.

Women will be able to learn the art of coolamon, clap-stick and digging stick making.

From 3.30pm, musician Jason Troutman will provide live music. Throughout the day, you can have a yarn with a local indigenous leader, and on Sunday when you can display and sell your art you made with Charlie, as well as having a chat with a local indigenous leader.

CEO and Co-Founder of Many Mobs Indigenous Corporatio­n Iris Troutman is very much looking forward to the festival and praised the format of the four-hour workshops.

“It’s empowering the community and part of our culture,” the artist and local indigenous leader, said. “People can keep the things they’ve made or sell them.”

As part of NSW Youth Week ‘ Connect. Participat­e. Celebrate’, free workshops will be held in Mulwala, at Purtle Park on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 from 9.00am to 1.00pm by Charlie and there will be a barbecue lunch.

Book your position now! Contact Many Mobs via Facebook.

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