South East Arts is proud to once again assist the Cobargo Folk Festival with their Aboriginal Arts and Culture content in 2017. The Festival runs 24-26 February in the village of Cobargo, halfway between Bega and Narooma in the stunning hinterland of the Far South Coast of New South Wales.

We have been working closely with the Festival committee to develop an Indigenous program for the weekend. Our connections with the local community and the success of our Grow the Music program at Wallaga Lake Koori village in November 2016 have helped us to establish a strong lineup of performers and contributors to the Festival’s program.

The kids from Wallaga Lake Koori Village who took part in South East Arts’ Grow the Music concert will be performing on the Youth Crossing stage on Saturday morning at 10am.

As part of the Festivals official opening on Satruday at 11am, Garry Campbell Snr from Bermagui will deliver the Welcome to Country.

The Djiringanj Dancers will open the Aunty Eileen Morgan Memorial Concert on the Mumbulla Stage at 11.30am. This concert will feature three local Aboriginal performers: Tekeisha Thomas, Gabadoo and Alison Walker, supported by a band made up of Russell Cook, Michael Hanlon and South East Arts’ very own Jazz Williams — you can also catch this set on Sunday at 5pm, on the Magpie Stage.

Noongar woman Gina Williams is one of the Festival’s headline acts, and will also feature in the Aunty Eileen Concert.

At 3.00pm on Saturday, as part of the Ideas on the Edge Forum, three speakers will talk about culture, language retrieval and the importance of keeping artefacts on country. The panel is called Recovering Culture, and will feature Rodney Kelly discussing his campaign to retrieve the Gweagal Shield from the British Museum; Pastor Uncle Ossie Cruse AM MBE from Eden, who is a respected community leader who has been actively involved with Aboriginal affairs, at a local, state, national and international level through the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, and Gina Williams from Western Australia, who will discuss her work in language retrieval in her community.



More information and tickets to the Cobargo Folk Festival HERE

You can contact our Aboriginal Creative & Cultural Engagement Officer, Jazz Williams HERE

Images: Gabadoo (banner); Rodney Kelly (inset)