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Mary River Festival 2018

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by May Mafinda (subscribe)
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A tribute to the wealth and abundance of the Mary River
Mary River Festival

The Mary River Festival is happening on the 10th of November in Kadanga, Mary Valley.
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.

Mary River Festival 2018
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.

Mary River Festival 2018
Landscape Band "Giving voice to nature"- image from Mary River Festival Facebook page

Landscape Band will perform their music celebrating rivers, oceans, wetlands, rainforests and advocating for environmental issues.

Mary River Festival 2018
Andrea Kirwin- 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 Roberts Mary River Festival
Ethan Robert's- image from Mary River Festival Facebook page

Ethan Roberts is a young musician and songwriter originally from Gympie with a passion for songwriting and singing. His music is influenced by diverse genres and artists spanning different eras.

There will also be a Yabba Yarning speakers tent. Speakers are yet to be announced (visit the website for updates).

This is a fun, family-friendly event, and wonderful opportunity to explore and learn how to practice environmental stewardship in day to day life as individuals, families and communities.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for under 16yrs.

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Why? To celebrate the River Mary, to learn about environmental stewardship
When: Saturday 10th November 2018 11:30am-7:30pm
Phone: 04 11443589
Where: Kadanga Community Reserve (behind the Kadanga Hall) Main St, Kadanga, QLD 4570
Cost: $5 Adults, under 16yrs $2
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Thanks for posting Mei. This looks insteresting!
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