- Festival aims to foster social connection, understanding and the sharing of stories and ideas
- This free event is funded by donations towards the Neroli Colvin Storytelling Foundation
- Multicultural storytelling will honour Neroli’s memory and continue her work and vision
The inaugural 2019 Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival starts Thursday 21 March with events at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and in city centre until Monday 25 March.
Senior lecturer in journalism in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst Mr Jock Cheetham said, “The Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival is a five-day event that aims to engage the Bathurst community at large, including CSU students and staff.
“This is a privately run community festival with several events at the Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and others in the township, and it’s free and open to all.
“The festival aims to foster social connection, understanding, and the sharing of stories and ideas.
“This festival is funded by donations towards the Neroli Colvin Storytelling Foundation, to honour Neroli’s memory and legacy by continuing her work and vision.
“Her life and vision were insightful, inclusive, impactful and inspiring.
“Neroli’s PhD was on cultural diversity in regional education.
“Upon deciding to move to Bathurst she came up with the idea for the Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival in early 2017 and began planning an event like this before passing away in 2018.”
Seven events are planned at locations across Bathurst, including the Bathurst Library, Bathurst Neighbourhood Centre, Skillset, and the Ponton Theatre (building 1434) at CSU, and all events are free.
The Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival Facebook event page is https://www.facebook.com/events/400909170711193/