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Candelo Village Festival on the NSW Far South Coast will bring fire affected Bega Valley residents together again through music, theatre and workshops

After putting a call out to local artists, Candelo festival directors said they were pleasantly surprised with the calibre of artists who put themselves forth to perform at the festival to be held on Saturday April 17.

Scenes from The Candelo Village Festival in 2019. Photo: Angi High

Scenes from The Candelo Village Festival in 2019. Photo: Angi High

The festival will kick off at 10am with a Welcome to Country by Aunty Colleen and festival directors said that it will probably kick on until about 11pm in the night.

Festival director Tamlyn Magee said the main street of Candelo will be closed down and decorated with "festival vibes."

"The theme is highlighting people doing great things in the community, there will be a lot of environmental and social awareness spread and just people doing really positive work.

The event will be hosted around the small NSW South Coast town of Candelo with a stage in the park, at the Town Hall and at the Candelo Hotel.

There will be food available on the day, including international cuisines and local wholefood goodness. The Candelo Cafe will also be open all day and night.

Event organisers said that despite the event being mostly free to the public, they recommend people to register online before the event to avoid a line up at the entrance of the festival.

"Most of the festival is free to make it as inclusive as possible.

On the park stage labelled Sam's Caravan will be a stellar line-up of great performances including Djinama Yilaga Choir who will be performing with 10 Candelo musicians, with the theme around cross-cultural communication and collaboration.

The Djinama Yilaga Choir who performed at the Four Winds Festival Friday April 2 2021 will also be perfomring at the Candelo Village Festival. Photo: Ben Marden

The Djinama Yilaga Choir who performed at the Four Winds Festival Friday April 2 2021 will also be perfomring at the Candelo Village Festival. Photo: Ben Marden

Other great highlights include Djirringanj man Gabadu who is well known for his hip hop, R&B and urban funk music.

Don't Come Mondays and Benji and the Saltwater Sound System are also sure to be popular events on the day.

Scattered around the town will also be workshops held such as bunting flag making at 11:30am at the Town Hall Cafe as well as speakers on topics like raw milk, edible weeds, cheese making and sourcing wild meats at the SCPA tent.

"The evening program in the hall is $50 per ticket. Forest Theatre is a new multi-platform live music piece but set to a visual backdrop around the theme of loving planet earth.

One Gener8ion, The New Graces and Mica Mahani's theatre troop will also perform at the ticketed event.

The New Graces will be performing during the evening program at the Town Hall + Crowe Bar. Photo: supplied.

The New Graces will be performing during the evening program at the Town Hall + Crowe Bar. Photo: supplied.

"We will sell out for this so make sure you purchase your tickets ahead of time," said Ms Magee.

The festival only runs every two years, so make sure to put this one in your calendar.

"People should bring cozy stuff and blankets to sit on, fold-out chairs, their own water bottle, a hat and sun protection as well as cash for the market stalls.

The program for the festival with artwork by young local artist Majella Bailey. Picture: supplied.

The program for the festival with artwork by young local artist Majella Bailey. Picture: supplied.

"It's all outdoors so everyone is free to move around.

"We just need people to sign in and doing normal COVID hygiene practices like washing hands, using hand sanitiser and abiding by the 1.5m social distancing rule," said Ms Magee.

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