Parade | Festival encourages people to embrace storytelling

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RESIDENTS are encouraged to come along to a number of events included in the Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival. The festival started on Thursday, with the first event being a discussion on how story transmits cultural, to be led by the local Wiradyuri elders. On Friday, a multicultural lunch will be held at The Neighbourhood Centre from 12pm, while professors from Western Sydney University will be at CSU’s Ponton Theatre at 5.30pm to discuss cultural diversity. Parade understands that children can also be involved in the festival, as there will be two sessions of story readings in Chinese, with translations, on Saturday at the library. A session for children under five will be held at 10.30am, while children between the ages of six and 12 can come along for their session at 11am. Community Harmony Day celebrations will be held outside the library from 10am to 12pm, meaning there will be something for the whole family. For a full list of events being held during the festival, visit bathurststorytelling.com. The festival will conclude on Monday. FOR a few months now, there have been a few less Living Legend trees on Bradwardine Road. A handful of them were lost due to damage, although it was uncertain whether the damage was from environmental factors or vandalism. READ MORE: Yet another Living Legend tree in need of replacement It was a shame to see empty spaces in the rows of trees, but Parade is pleased to say the situation has changed. Parade drove past the trees last week and noticed Bathurst Regional Council staff were going along planting replacement trees. The trees have not only filled the gaps, but restored the full honour to those Living Legends who unfortunately lost their trees. It was only last week that nominations closed for the next round of Living Legend inductees, so it won’t be too long before more people have their names attached to trees on Bradwardine Road. Parade looks forward to seeing which citizens receive the title this year.

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