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Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival returns to Bre in April


Corroboree at the 2023 Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival. Photo contributed

The 9th Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival is returning to the banks of the Ba-wun River, at Brewarrina, on April 19 and 20, with dance, markets, workshops, activities and performances.

This free community event is about celebrating the peoples that have gathered for thousands of years at the Brewarrina fish traps known to the Ngemba tribe as the Ngunnhu, constructed by the creator being, known as Baiame and his two sons.

Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival opens at 5pm on Friday April 19 with the Sunset Ceremony Corroboree – a special event where dance groups from across NSW share their connection to the Ngunnhu against the backdrop of the gum trees on the banks of the Ba-wun River illuminated in an array of colours and lights. The Corroboree offers an opportunity for young, local dancers.

Festival Director, Murrawarri/Ngemba woman Lily Shearer said that it was heartwarming to see the young ones getting up, shaking a leg in the big collective dance.{…]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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