The first-ever Woorabinda Festival is set to become an annual happening, after an outstanding event was delivered by the young people of the central Queensland Aboriginal community.
Friday April 24, 2015
Young dancers at the festival. Red Cross/Stephen Collins
Organised by the Woorabinda Youth Leadership Group, with the support of Red Cross, the festival was a chance for people to experience the local culture ranging from arts, sport and music to language, traditional medicine and knowledge of plants and trees.
Rain didn't stop the show from going on with some highlights being a corroborree and smoking ceremony, and exceptional performances by local artists Peter Doyle, Jada Weazel, 'Timboy' Graham, Josh Weazel, Kruga Adams and Gammin Jammin.
Event manager Jahlaya Weazel, said young people did an amazing job of running the festival.
"As well as the local artists, we enjoyed acts from afar including Troy Brady and Kaylah Truth," she says.
"There was a beautiful display of artworks, from painting to clothing and jewellery made from echidna quills. The kids area was kept very busy with a rock climbing wall and jumping castle being favourites.
"There were seven games of touch footy, which resulted in the 'Woorie Legends' team winning the competition and receiving prizes. The cultural area saw everything from making a fire from sticks, to language sessions, boomerang painting and throwing."