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Market will feature 20 stalls showcasing Aboriginal artists

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March 12, 2018

Rick Ronnan Jnr, Shemar Day, Malik Day and Mondarah Day-Malourey at the Koori Arts and Crafts Market. PHOTO: Tyla Harrington.

THE rich beauty of Aboriginal culture will be on full display at the upcoming Koori Arts and Craft Market.

In its seventh year, the market — organised by Njernda Aboriginal Corporation — will feature 20 stalls showcasing the creativity of local Aboriginal artists.

There will also be a cultural display, welcome to country, smoking ceremony, elders round table, art competition, didgeridoo playoff and live music from songbird Maddy Colville.

And for the kids, face painting and a jumping castle.

Organiser Kelli Bartlett said the event was a vital opportunity for people of Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds to gather in a positive space.

‘‘For Aboriginal Australians, art expresses all aspects of life and identity and is a key path for passing on culture to future generations,’’ she said.

‘‘The Koori Arts and Craft market provides an accessible avenue for local Aboriginal artists to revive and share their culture with the wider community.’’

Emu egg carving and basket weaving demonstrations will also be held.

And for all those adventurous foodies out there, a barbecue complete with emu and kangaroo sausages will be on offer.

In addition to a spread of crafts including headpieces, bags, shoes and handmade baskets, a wide range of paintings from local artists will also be featured.

‘‘Our work is all localised, so many artists incorporate the lines of the Murray River or our traditional meeting places,’’ Kelli said.

‘‘Each painting tells a story.’’

The market will be held in Hopwood Gardens on Saturday, March 31 (Easter Saturday) from 9am to 3pm.

For information, call Kelli Bartlett on 5480 6252 or email kellib@njernda.com.au

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