Saltwater Freshwater Festival a great chance to connect

Aboriginal Pathways recently enjoyed a fantastic day of culture and connection at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival held at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour.

Coordinated by the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance in conjunction with numerous Local Aboriginal Land Councils, the Saltwater Freshwater Festival celebrates survival, diversity and pride with a day of musical, cultural and arts exhibitions, including work by some of the best Aboriginal talent in the country.

‘It was a deadly day,’ said Nicole Foreshew, Program Manager for Aboriginal Pathways. “The performances were amazing. There was everything from hip-hop connecting with our youth to the soulful sounds of Nancy Bates. And, as always, Archie Roach blew us all away.”

Aboriginal Pathways was proud to sponsor the event and to connect with so many talented, interesting and diverse people. With the help of Project Coordinator, Jenni Johansson, an Aboriginal Pathways festival marquee was staged for people to come and talk about their career aspirations and register their interest. 

“It was great to meet so many young men and women who, as well as being interested in our courses, also have their own business ventures,” Foreshew said. “We also met a lot of inspirational older people who were interested in Aboriginal Pathways to retrain in areas that support new opportunities for our mob.” 

“Our pathways in Justice, Community Services, Aboriginal Health, Construction, Education and Land and Environment were particularly popular. We spent the day sharing stories and creating opportunities with passionate community and kin from all nations across NSW - how rewarding!” 

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PHOTO: Aboriginal Pathways Program Manager, Nicole Foreshew (centre) and friends enjoying the Saltwater Freshwater Festival in Coffs Harbour in January.


For more great photos of the festival, please visit the Aboriginal Pathways Facebook page.