Who is Saltwater Freshwater?

The Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation is a regional body for Aboriginal arts and culture on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia.

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Welcome to Saltwater Freshwater


Strengthening Culture

Culture is core to our mission and purpose and central to the way we operate on a day to day basis. Saltwater Freshwater strengthens culture by creating culturally based training and employment opportunities for the Aboriginal communities on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

Arts & Skills Development

Our purpose at Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance is to position Aboriginal Art & Culture as the foundation for the long-term social, economic & environmental development of the Mid North Coast Aboriginal communities. Arts & Skills Development is one way that we work with our communities to achieve this goal.

Passing it on

With almost 50% of the region under the age of 19 and less than 5% over 65 (ABS 2011), our program recognises the importance of engaging Elders Groups in the region to pass on traditional cultural practices to our young people to strengthen the contemporary identity of the region and create innovative cultural products.

2015 Festival

Be part of something extraordinary at Saltwater Freshwater Festival on Australia Day. Enjoy music, dance, story, crafts, language, art, ceremony, children’s & youth area, workshops, yarn space and food. 26 January 2015 | 9am-5pm | Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens.

Apply as a stallholder or to volunteer

Featured Publication

Saltwater Freshwater Arts Book

Saltwater Freshwater Art

39 Coffs Coast artists are featured in Saltwater Freshwater Arts

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Featured Event


2014 Gathang Cultural Camp

Three days of dance, culture and connection for Aboriginal young people aged 15-18. Learn more


Join Aboriginal dancers, community artists, Elder and leaders to connect with Biripi and Worimi culture.


  • Culture Camp: 2, 3, 4 July 2014 (first week of school holidays)
  • (Our) Flash Mob Dance Performances: NAIDOC week (Second week of school holidays)


  • Culture Camp: Camp Elim, Forster
  • NAIDOC Dance Performances: Across Forster, Karuah and Taree communities


  • Work with Aboriginal dancers to learn the Saltwater Freshwater (Our) Flash Mob dance.
  • Participate in cultural workshops including: art & craft, didj playing, weaving, language, campfires and bush tucker.
  • Get hands on and learn about your culture with local dancers, community leaders and artists from the Mid North Coast.
  • The opportunity to perform in (Our) Flash Mob during NAIDOC week and at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2015.
  • The camp is fully funded for all attendees, including travel, food and accommodation.


We are looking for young Aboriginal people between the ages of 15 – 18 years living in the Land Council regions of:

  • Purfleet Taree: Taree, Wingham, Coppernook, Harrigton, Tinonee, Old Bar
  • Forster: Forster, Gloucester, Green Point, Pacific Palms, Smiths Lake, Nabiac, Diamond Beach, Holidays Point, Tuncurry
  • Karuah: Stroud, Bulahdelah, Dungog

You don’t need to be a good dancer to attend, just have an interest in dance, want to learn more about your culture and are committed to attend the whole camp and perform at both events.

Places are limited. Only 30 students will be selected. Applications close Friday June 6 2014.


DOWNLOAD the application pack and return your completed application by 5pm Friday June 6 2014.

For more information, CALL 02 6658 1315 or EMAIL to [email protected]


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Media Releases

Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2018

Saltwater Freshwater Festival Media Release 2018

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