Renew Fest celebrates the launch of the newly formed organisation Culture Aware, who are focused on supporting Indigenous Elders to bring awareness of cultural appropriation through an event protocol.
We are deeply heartened and humbled to have connected with the dedicated team of Culture Aware and to have received their approval as a Culture Aware festival.
Renew Fest acknowledges, honours and respects the traditional owners of the land on which the festival is being held. We are deeply sorry for the great suffering our ancestors inflicted on the Bundjalung Nations, by taking their land, and stealing their children, and for all cultural appropriation and atrocities that continue today.
It is our prayer to foster ever deepening respectful relations with the indigenous peoples of this country. Receiving guidance from local indigenous elders and representatives in traditional culture and heritage, is invaluable to Renew Fest’s vision and curation, and paramount if we are going to succeed in our desired environmental, economic and cultural change impacts. The learning and commitment to fostering respectful relations is a long-term high priority as the festival continues to evolve and grow.
We acknowledge and support local Arakwal representative Delta Kay and the strong public stance she has taken alongside elders from across the world, to bring an end to the appropraite of native cultures.
“ANOTHER FIRST FOR CULTURAL AWARENESS” — ECHO newspaper article, 2 May 2018:
“PlAN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CULTURAL APPROPRIATION” — ECHO newspaper article, 18 April 2018: