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The Kinship Festival celebrates Bundjalung Culture and Community during National Families Week. The Kinship Festival is a self determined Indigenous directed community capacity building project, that focuses on building community connection through meaningful participation and collaboration.

The Kinship Festival and Imagine the Land Project collaborated with the community to engage participation in the making of a large scale sand art installation. In the festival lead up Soils, ochre and sands were collected from around the Northern Rivers Caldera while hundreds of little clay bowls were made by kinder and primary school children.


The Kinship Festival sand art design was designed by Aboriginal Elder and Songman from the Minyunbal Yugambeh tribe - Uncle Magpie and shares the story of Kinship Lore.

The artwork was opened with a smoking ceremony and the first soils were put down by local Elders. Through working with the colors of Bundjalung Country, the project fostered a shared experience of creativity, togetherness and kinship. The artwork was completed with a closing ceremony at the end of the day.

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