2017 Undalup Birak Festival this Saturday

The Undalup Birak Festival will be held on Saturday at the Busselton foreshore to celebrate culture and for people to connect with Noongar Boodja. Image supplied.

The Undalup Birak Festival will be held on Saturday at the Busselton foreshore to celebrate culture and for people to connect with Noongar Boodja. Image supplied.

The Undalup Birak Festival which celebrates Aboriginal culture returns on Saturday at the Busselton foreshore.

Harry Nannup Junior will be appearing at the festival along with other Aboriginal performers. There will be lots of entertainment and market stalls. Photo by Wendy Slee.

Harry Nannup Junior will be appearing at the festival along with other Aboriginal performers. There will be lots of entertainment and market stalls. Photo by Wendy Slee.

The event was organised by the Undalup Association and was sponsored by Healthway to promote the message Act-Belong-Commit and positive mental health.

Undalup Birak Festival director Rachelle Cousins said that festival was a way for people to connect with country (Boodja) and each other.

Contemporary dancer Michael Smith will be appearing at the festival.

Contemporary dancer Michael Smith will be appearing at the festival.

Ms Cousins said that we all live on Mother Earth together and connecting with her gave people love and strength.

“It keeps people connected to heal,” she said.

“The Undalup Birak Festival is an opportunity to participate in this connection, where the land meets the sea.

“Keeping mentally healthy is the best medicine we can give ourselves.”

Ms Cousins said that by remaining mentally healthy people could be a rock for Mother Earth which in turn would help protect her.

“We need her spirit in us to keep us all connected, and with this comes the natural force of love,” she said. 

“Love is the most powerful force on the planet, it keeps us united and connected, together we are stronger.

“People all need healing in some way the Undalup Birak Festival is a way to celebrate culture and connect with Noongar Boodja.”

Saturday’s event takes place from 10am until 10pm.