New Kalano 2018 festival celebrates Indigenous culture

FUN FOR THE KIDS: Kalano Family Festival, this Wednesday, is full of events to keep the young ones entertained. Photo: Kalano.
FUN FOR THE KIDS: Kalano Family Festival, this Wednesday, is full of events to keep the young ones entertained. Photo: Kalano.

Kalano Aboriginal Community has establishing a new Family Festival held during NAIDOC week. 

For the past 40 years Kalano has worked to meet the varying needs of the Aboriginal community in Katherine. 

And now a family fun festival, packed with events, will celebrate Indigenous families, women and tradition.

It is important for local Indigenous people to have a festival they can call their own.

Venndale Rehabilitation Centre program manager Casey Bishop

The festival is also creating awareness around the stack of programs available to the community, such as Work for the Dole, all of which promote opportunities. 

Kalano’s first NAIDOC festival will be held this Wednesday, with organisers aiming to build the event into a significant annual cultural celebration. 

Organising team member Casey Bishop said it is important for local Indigenous people to have a festival they can call their own.

FAMILY FESTIVAL: Everyone is encouraged to get involved in the festival's fun events. Photo: Kalano.

FAMILY FESTIVAL: Everyone is encouraged to get involved in the festival's fun events. Photo: Kalano.

The festival is embracing all things traditional.

From cooking up kangaroo tails, damper and ox-tail stew, to kids games and stalls – the festival is about fun for the whole family, and everyone is welcome. 

Kalano Family Festival starts at 10am at Kalano Aboriginal Community. 

Because of Her, We Can! is this year’s NAIDOC theme celebrating the significant role Indigenous women play in communities. 

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