Yemaya Festival - The show must go on!
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Yemaya festival has been running for several years and is facing issues this year regarding its permit.
The festival has NO history of severe drug related problems and has a great relationship with its attendees. It's a community minded, highly respectful and family friendly event that allows musicians and artists to have their incredible work seen. It brings together people of all ages and walks of life to celebrate themselves and each other. It is a time to pay respects to the indigenous owners of the land past and present - and reconnect to land through music and dance.
For many people, like myself, Yemaya allows them to be self expressive, free and comfortable. Its a time to escape our everyday lives, of school, uni and work.
We do not attend the festival for drugs, we go because we love the safe environment, the acceptance, the music, art, dance, yoga and incredible food.
Yemaya also boosts the local economy. It provides business for small business owners in the area, as festival attendees buy groceries in the local town and buy warm food there on their way home. The local football club also provides a sausage sizzle at the festival which is immensely popular and a fantastic way for them to get money to fund their season! Yemaya actively promotes spending money in the community!!!
Its unacceptable for the Loddon Shire to prevent the event from going ahead. As its has had a successful history in running safe parties.
It also places the festival at extreme risk of monetary difficulties - as they have already paid the artists!!! :(
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