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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Connect, move, play at free All Abilities Festival

The shire’s first All Abilities Festival will be a day to remember as new friends and new opportunities are discovered.

The All Abilities Festival will take place at Narooma on Wednesday 30 November, from 10am - 3.30pm.

People with disability are encouraged to come along, bring family members or support staff, and explore interactive activities based around art, performance, fitness and wellbeing.

Eurobodalla Council’s community development coordinator Rhonnie South said the festival was all about socially connecting and engaging people in different activities and services, showcasing what’s available locally.

The festival precinct includes the Narooma Kinema, Odd Bods Gym, Bend and Sip Bar and the CWA hall.

“Each space will play host to a different engagement experience,” Ms South said.

“The CWA hall will host a creative arts hub with an arts arcade along the wall connecting to Bend and Sip,” Ms South said.

“At Bend and Sip, there will be Eurobodalla Stepping Stone hospitality trainees serving a tasty lunch. Then, upstairs in the gym, trainers will provide hands-on equipment demos as well as pilates, chair yoga and Zumba classes.”

If that’s not your scene, Ms South said there’s a quiet space for story telling or a panel discussion in the Kinema featuring local people with disability.

After the panel discussion, Slightly Bent Choir will perform followed by an impromptu drama workshop.

Ms South encouraged everyone to come and experience different activities at the festival. She said 16 stalls of supporting services will provide ongoing opportunities after the festival.

“If you enjoy something on the day, you can go home knowing all these things are still available to pick up after the festival,” Ms South said.

“The exhibiting service providers are there to help connect you in a variety of categories like fitness, education and training, employment, transport, technology aids and more.”

Ms South said the inaugural event was a collaborative effort between all levels of ability and was excited for it to come to life.

“I can’t wait to see lots of happy smiling faces, where people won’t want to go home because they’re having such a nice time feeling empowered, engaged and connected,” Ms South said.

For anyone needing transport to the festival, contact Ashley Darby on 4474 1297 or email

To attend the festival and receive a free lunch on the day, please register via Eventbrite.

The festival is funded by Council and NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program.

Facebook event link HERE:

Above: Get involved in the creative arts hub at the festival on 30 November.

Above: Eurobodalla Stepping Stone hospitality trainees have been upskilling for the festival, ready to serve a tasty free lunch.

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