Saltwater Freshwater Festival

A FREE community event, Saltwater Freshwater Festival returns to the Mid North Coast this month with a deadly program of Aboriginal music, dance, film, yarn sessions, workshops, arts and craft stalls and so much more! 

A celebration of the rich living culture from the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi nations, this event is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund through the joint Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and Nambucca Valley Council.  

The mainstage program has something for everyone delivering a range of music styles. 

Emma Donovan and the Putbacks
Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks feature as this year’s festival headline performance.  Emma is a proud and highly regarded Gumbaynggirr woman and she and her band The Putbacks, burst on to the Australian scene with their album Dawn in 2015, announcing a new voice in Australian soul music. Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest, The Putbacks’ music is fluid, live and raw, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world.

Eric Avery
Eric Avery | Kabi Marrawuy Mumbulla, is a violinist, vocalist dancer and composer from the Ngiyampaa, Yuin and Gumbaynggirr people of NSW. He works with his family’s custodial songs and his haunting compositions often feature him singing while playing violin, predominantly in the Ngiyampaa language.

Glenn Skuthorpe
Nhunggabarra, Kooma and Muruwari man and international touring singer-songwriter, Glenn Skuthorpe is a compelling performer whose playing style is captivating, engaging audiences in the stories behind his journeys. Glenn has performed on stages big and small with some living legends in his long career including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Earle, Tex Perkins, Kev Carmody, Archie Roach, Rory McLeod, Michelle Shocked, Buddy Miller and Mary Gauthier.

Kauri Munro Greentree
A percussive guitarist, singer-song-writer and self-taught Gamillaroi man. Over time he developed his own unique style of rhythmic curling finger tapping, allowing the beats of the guitar to play through him. Kauri has become an audience favourite across the Mid North Coast of NSW. Involved in the Saltwater Freshwater Made Deadly Program for emerging musicians and the Gumbaynggirr Music Futures Program where he developed a relationship with Julian BelBachir and worked with classically trained musicians in studio on recording, composing and
arranging his music to include string sections, piano and didge.

OETHA – All-Female Hip Hop group – with an Australian and global Hip Hop scene heavily dominated by men, these Indigenous Sistas have come at just the right time! Made up of Lady Lash, Miss Hood and Dizzy Doolan, together they breathe a breath of fresh air into the music scene, providing some feminine energy and a much needed balance to the scene. The music is layered with strong social messages, insights and tells personal stories while providing some serious anthems for women and all music lovers!  

There are so many other ways to dive in to the Festival experience:

Dance Stage
Dance Stage with Worimi, Birpai, Biripi, Dunghutti, & Gumbaynggirr dancers performing through the day and coming together for a Big Corroboree to close the event!

Yarn Tent
Featuring panel discussions about resilience, connection to Country, cultural protocols and cultural burn practices.

Film tent
Showcasing short films developed by Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance 

Dance, language, weaving, bark canoe making and mural art making Aboriginal arts and craft stalls A wide variety of delicious food (and coffee) trucks

Come, dance, listen, weave, learn, connect and celebrate!

Be part of the story and register your interest to be a Festival volunteer by visiting or call the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance office on 02 6658 1315.

WHAT Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2022

WHERE Unkya Reserve, Eungai Creek

WHEN  28 May, 10am – 4pm