The vision of the festival is to increase the awareness of the unique Mary River and unite the Gympie Region and different communities along the river through art, music, creativity, recreation, education, discussion and environmental stewardship.
Traditionally called 'Moocooboola' by First Nations Kabi Kabi People, the Mary River flows into the Sandy Strait sustaining the life of more than 150 plant and animal species. It is a beautiful river, and distinguishable feature of my town, offering entertainment and a water source in the midst of what looked like a foreboding drought last season.
Kadanga is a small, quaint, rural town located in the Mary Valley which is characterised by lush farmlands and picturesque country vistas. The Kadanga Community Reserve and festival grounds will be bustling all day with activities to participate in and experience. Expect environmental talks, tree planting, a laser beam show, an evening lantern festival and various community market stalls.
Festival lanterns. Image from Mary River Festival Facebook page
Bringing life to the region's creativity, a cat claw weaving workshop will be hosted by skilled weaving instructors, as well as art workshops for children and adults including paper sculpture, paper clay, and paper making using plant and paper fibres. Children can also enjoy a day of face painting, parades, games and even a circus!
Live music will feature seasoned Sunshine Coast artists Landscape Band, Andrea Kirwin, Ethan Roberts, Kelly Cork, Rubatuba and more.
Landscape Band "Giving voice to nature"- image from Mary River Festival Facebook page
Andrea Kirwin is an Australian/Fijian artist whose songwriting is based around themes of love, people and community. With mellow, sultry vocals, she'll be performing her own blend of soul, folk and rhythm and blues.
Ethan Robert's- image from Mary River Festival Facebook page