By Claire Ottaviano
A NEW festival celebrating Kambarang, the season of birth and revitalisation in the Noongar calendar, kicks off Saturday, October 30 in Midland.
The inaugural Kambarang Festival celebrates the traditions of the Noongar nations, showcases their art, culture and practices and seeks to heal country, restore nature and connect community.
The huge event includes entertainment by Whadjuk singer Natasha Eldridge, who will perform with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, and musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, the opening of Weeip Park’s new playground, puppetry performances by local students and community and environmental stalls.
Ms Eldridge has involved the local indigenous community in singing since a career change from hairdressing five years ago.
“It’s great to see the next generation being taught by Elders or others in the community with dancing and singing and writing songs and telling our stories,” she said.
“We started the Kambarang Festival from a small idea and to watch it evolve into this massive event means so much.”
Hazelmere based not-for-profit Trillion Trees has led the organisation of the event.
“Trillion Trees’ approach is to restore landscapes but part of that is about restoring wellbeing,” Trillion Trees chief executive Denise True said.
“That’s why the theme of Kambarang is Heal Country, Restore Nature, Connect Community.
“It’s not just about restoring landscape it’s about restoring ourselves, particularly after the last two years.”
The festival is on from 1pm until 8pm starting at the Locale and finishing with the official opening of Weeip Park.