THE Inland Sea of Sound later this month features some amazing musicians.
From The Cat Empire and Deborah Conway (who will appear in an eight-piece format) through to lesser-known but still spellbinding artists like Benny Walker, Karen Lee Andrews, Hat Fitz and Cara, Heath Cullen (and many more including rising local and regional talents), the festival provides a valuable stage for musical artists.
But it is much more than just a music festival.
A favourite part of the festival in 2017 was the Aboriginal welcome performance. In 2018 this has been expanded with local Aboriginal performers and elders welcoming Te Rua Mauri from New Zealand and the Muggera dancers from beyond our region.
Te Rua Mauri simply translates as The Organic Source. Te Rua in the Maori language is a ground made storage pit for food and Mauri is the internal life force of oneself.
The idea of combining these two interpretations makes up the fundamental platform that allows Te Rua Mauri to explore the knowledge of their people, seek enlightenment and retain the source of its origin.
In 2015 Darren Compton and Jacqui Cornforth founded Muggera Dancers, a family group who prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism.
The members for Muggera come from a long line of cultural leaders, song men, world-class dancers and didgeridoo players with a formidable respect for culture.
Local Aboriginal performers will build upon their inspiring recent performance at Artstate Bathurst to ensure that the welcome to the celebration site on Wahluu is complete.
As a truly family event entry to the Inland Sea of Sea of Sound is free of charge for children aged 12 and under and each day of the festival the Kids Space will be open until 7pm.
This year’s Kids’ Space will host a variety of workshops, available to all ages young and old.
With a focus on supporting local artists and finding fun sustainable activities the space will be alcohol free and a place to relax (but we don’t take responsibility for children left in the space). Bernardi’s Farmers Market will generously supply water and fruit to keep energy levels up!
Many of the food vendors this year are regionally based and the range extends from Indigenous “tucka” to Vitenamese and South American.
Local and regional food, wine, beer and cider will also be available.
The festival is on Friday, November and 30 Saturday, December 1. For more details and to buy tickets visit inlandseaofsound.com.au