Join in on the Mandandanji Dreaming Festival

INDIGENOUS culture and heritage will be on display as part of the Easter in the Country celebrations starting today.

The Mandandanji people invite all members of the community to join in the Mandandanji Dreaming Festival on Saturday.

The festival will showcase Aboriginal Dance Performers, GMU and GoMurriUmbi and bands including, Lloyd Saunders and Mop and the Dropouts.

Chair of the Mandandanji Inc. Board Darren Manns said everyone was invited to join in a corroboree style performance at the end of demonstrations.

“This will be a great opportunity for anyone in Roma or travelling through to experience first-hand Mandandanji stories through dance and song,” he said.

“Mandandanji are a strong people who are proud of their culture and looking forward to sharing this celebration and experiences with everyone in the community.”

The festival will be a family fun day with traditional underground cooking and food and drinks for sale and arts and crafts activities and movies for children.

Roma Cabs and Mandandanji are offering a bus service from Southside store and the Mandandanji office on the hour and half hour to the parklands.

Each trip will be $2 one way per person or $5 per family.

Mandandanji will also be part of the parade on Saturday morning and invite everyone to visit their new office at Arthur St where you can view Aboriginal art and purchase bush tucker and souvenirs.

The office will be open on Saturday morning from 9-11.30am.

The festival will be on Saturday from 3-9pm at the Roma Parklands.

Story by sarah dionysius originally published inThe Western Star 13/4/17

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