Sat 8 April & Sun 9 April 2006

Pittwater Council, in conjunction with the Local Guringai Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, will host one of the Northern Beaches biggest cultural events on Sat 8 & Sun 9 April 2006, in Bilarong Reserve, Wakehurst Parkway, North Narrabeen from 10am each day.

The all-Indigenous line-up includes The Stiff Gins, Cindy Drummond, James Henry, Radical Son, Dr Green Thum & Bart Willougbhy, Didj Beat, Charlie McMahon, Tribal Ashes, Adam Hill, Rhubee Neale & Nathan Scott, Yidaki Didg & Dance and Crimson Soul.

The Bilarong Cultural Festival is about 'Caring for Country, People and Place' and is sponsored by the Environment Trust's Protecting Our Places Grant, Pittwater Council and Unitingcare Sydney North Region. It aims to revive Aboriginal culture on the Northern Beaches, as well as celebrate Indigenous Arts, Music and Spirit. This is a cross-cultural, free community event for all people to come together.

Festival patrons will be entertained by a mix of music styles from blues & roots, ballads, jazz, traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander influences, traditional and contemporary yidaki (didjeridoo), rock, soul and hip hop.

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear live some of Australia's most inspirational Indigenous performers whose roots stretch from Sydney to the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland to Western Australia.

The festival also has a jam-packed free workshop and activity program including workshops on Aboriginal art, craft, culture, music, dance, bush tucker, traditional ochre rock painting and weaving, Native American Indian Animal Totems, The Drum, ecolving, workshops and a whole kids program.

The fabulous Chai tent will also be on site with beats from DJ Kundalini and friends, market stalls and food as well as the intriguing Labyrinth walk.

Saturday will involve an Aboriginal welcoming and smoking ceremony followed by a traditional Native American Indian ceremony. At 6pm on Saturday a lantern-lit dusk ceremony will happen on the lake foreshore and the festival will close with a ceremony at 3:30pm on Sunday.

Date: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 April 2006.
Time: Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
Cost: FREE community event & family-friendly

Full festival program: www.pittwaterlga.com.au General Enquiries (02) 9970 1111