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Hazelhurst Arts Centre's popular Art Fest is back this weekend

Have a yarn: Hazelhurst Art Fest will include a range of activities including yarning circles. Picture: Supplied
Have a yarn: Hazelhurst Art Fest will include a range of activities including yarning circles. Picture: Supplied

Hazelhurst Arts Centre's popular Art Fest will be back this weeekend with a special line-up of activities to coincide with its current exhibition celebrating Indigenous women.

Hazelhurst Art Fest on Sunday, May 30, will celebrate the exhibition Wuliwulawala: Dharawal WomenSharing Stories and feature Blak Markets, live music, dance performances, free kids activities, yarning circles and workshops.

The day will start at 10am with an official opening and Welcome to Country followed by a performance by the Gilli Dancers at 10.20am.

The contemporary Aboriginal dance ensemble features NSW public school students from years 5 to 11.

Visitors can book in to take part in a number of arts and crafts workshops throughout the day, including artist-led yarning circles.

Kerry Toomey, a Gamilaroi woman who lives in Bundeena, will lead two hat-making workshops in the studios at 1pm and 2pm.

The workshops, inspired by her works in the exhibition, will teach her technique in producing beautiful intricate hats that use tissue paper and found objects.

Mother and daughter Julie and Markeeta Freeman will also host jewellery workshops at 11am and noon in Hazelhurst studios, where participants can learn the ancient tradition of weaving to create a necklace using natural materials from the Jervis Bay area.

The Blak Markets will offer a selection of authentic Aboriginal arts, crafts, jewellery, native bush food and plants. Buying direct from Aboriginal businesses means profits will go back to Aboriginal people and their communities.

Authentic craft: Blak Markets will be held during Hazelhurst Art Fest. Picture: Supplied

Authentic craft: Blak Markets will be held during Hazelhurst Art Fest. Picture: Supplied

Throughout the day, there will be free family activities, such as colouring-in sheets by exhibiting artist Amy Hill Trindall and an animal inspired art making activity.

The Stiff Gins will also perform two music sets at 11am and 12.30pm.

Visitors can also view the exhibitions and enjoy a free guided tour, try delicious modern native bush food, or enjoy a snack from one of the food vans or onsite cafe.

Details: Hazelhurst Art Fest is on Sunday, May 30 from 10am to 3pm at Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Gymea. Entry is free.