Reflecting on the 2013 Lake Bolac Eel Festival

Reflecting on the 2013 Lake Bolac Eel Festival

Last Saturday I took the family across the the Lake Bolac Eel Festival for the day, where we had arranged to meet up with a small group of other families – and we had a great time.

This small country festival has a friendly atmosphere and a perfect lake-side location, with lots on offer all day to enjoy.

A couple of conversations I had on the day really reinforced the notion that there is something quite special (and complementary) about the way the arts, music, indigenous culture and environmental issues all meld together seamlessly at this event. It is a concept I’d be really keen for NGT to explore further in some way at our future events…

Well done to the organisers of the festival – what a fantastic job! – and a special thankyou to the local Gunditjmara people for sharing a very special and memorable Twilight Ceremony on the shores of Lake Bolac with us.

The ceremony begins… (note most of the very big crowd are behind me and to my left)

Twilight Ceremony – the Gunditjmara Karween dancers

Mark Bachmann