Ngarrindjeri culture on show at fest

Local, interstate and international indigenous dancers will gather for three days of performance and workshops at Long Point in the Coorong for the inaugural Dupang Festival.

The camping festival will “provide an immersive cultural experience for anyone interested in Aboriginal culture”, organisers said.

Ngarrindjeri elder Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner and his Tal-Kin-Jeri dance troupe will host the unique event in his traditional country from February 23-25 as part of his dream to develop a sustainable festival where his people’s culture can be shared with future generations.

He said the festival was about sharing culture and healing the spirit.

“We’ve been living by these waters along the Coorong and back up through the Riverlands for thousands of years. We know this country, we know its spirit, and every time we perform a ceremony we wake that spirit up and it heals us,” he said.

“We’ll have workshops during the day to teach people our stories and our dances, and then at night we’ll all come together for a big corrobboree where everybody can get on the dance ground and participate.”

Along with dance, indigenous food will be available such as Coorong mullet, Goolwa cockles, and gelato made from Muntries, a berry which grows around the shores of the Coorong.

To book tickets, visit www.adelaidefringe.com.au or call 1300 621 255.

Organisers created a Gofundme page to help fund the running of the festival. To make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/Dupang-Festival-2018

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