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Lake Bolac Eel Festival - Kuyang Lapakira

Known as ‘the biggest little festival’, the Lake Bolac Eel Festival - Kuyang Lapakira is held biennially in March by the lake in Victoria. It commemorates an annual gathering of up to 800 people from local Aboriginal tribes who gathered at Lake Bolac through millenia.

Lake Bolac is a sacred site. In the eel migration seasons the great clans gathered for special and important business, especially the exchange of ceremony, marriage and lore.

They come together as people have done for thousands of years, for music, culture, conversation, dance, song and story to continue the ageless tradition of gathering. A place where they meet in friendship.

Eel Festival committee spokesperson, Chris Lawton, said that the line-up for the 2020 festival program builds on the successful 2018 festival and includes live music, weaving, bush foods, story-telling, eel leather tanning, cartooning, ukulele, and felt and wool creating.

Well known Broome musician Steve Pigrim will be headline artist (co-created Chi’s musicals Bran Nue Dae and Corrugation Road) Neil Murray and band along with Kavisha Mazella will also be performing.

COST: $33 - $67

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