Event held on June 25

5 Lands Walk Community Festival - Copacabana

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Event runs from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

About

The 5 Lands Walk Community Festival combines a 10km walk along beaches and over headlands starting at MacMasters Beach, passing through Copacabana, Avoca Beach, North Avoca and ending at Terrigal, with community festivals being held at all of these beachside villages. The event is conducted at the time of the winter solstice in June each year. This is the time of the northern whale migration. It is a free event, and no one is excluded. Free bus transport is also provided between each land. The aim of the event is to connect people to people and people to place, and everyone is encouraged to participate in some or all of the activities with their families, friends and wider community. The music and culture of the local indigenous community are highlighted at each land, especially at their North Avoca base. The Message Stick (an important symbol in the traditions of the Aboriginal people) and the reading of the Message are at the heart of the festival. The Message Stick travels through the 5 lands with the Messenger, where the reading of the Message forms an important cultural connection. Ethnic communities are highlighted at the other 4 lands, with their music and culture being prominent. Entertainment includes art and sculpture exhibitions, bands and other performing artists, whale talks, as well as kite making and flying.