The local Indigenous nation of Narrabri and surrounding areas, the Gomeroi, held a gathering at The Crossing Theatre on Saturday to showcase culture and create discussions around the environment.

The COVID-safe event organised by the Yinarrs group involved cultural activities including smoking ceremonies and a ‘welcome to country.’

People from neighbouring towns came together for a day of dancing, entertainment and conversation.

Local bands, artists and entertainers performed on stage throughout the day.

Australian singer songwriter William Crighton and his band made the drive from Cessnock near Newcastle to perform.

“We the Gomeroi have come together for a general gathering as we’ve got stuff happening all over the country about our land and water, such as climate change and environmental issues,” event organiser Miah Wright said.

“We wanted to tie it all in with culture, music, entertainment and traditionally we celebrate NAIDOC Week.

“We invited everyone to come today and we wanted to have open conversations with the town, it wasn’t an Aboriginal only event.

“We’re all in it together and we want to educate the younger generation and the elders about what is going on.”

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