Historic: Festivals: Aquarius Festival at Nimbin Photo The Northern Star Archives
Historic: Festivals: Aquarius Festival at Nimbin Photo The Northern Star Archives Jacklyn Wagner

Aquarius stories needed for Nimbin audio walk

AQUARIUS Festival folk are invited to come forward and share their stories for a Nimbin audio walk launching around October.

The Nimbin Aquarius Soundtrail walk is being launched as part of the village's new tourism campaign announced at the end of last year.

Audio documentary producer, Jeanti St Clair, is in the process of interviewing and recording the stories of people who attended the 1973 festival.

"I'm really interested in knowing what it was like living in Nimbin before the festival came, and what it was like when Nimbin was actually asked to host the festival," Ms St Clair said.

Ms St Clair said she'd also like to hear from any of the people who bought some of the early multiple occupancy communes, anyone who can share what the Rainbow Cafe fire meant to the people of Nimbin, and anyone who was at the town hall meeting with the Aquarius organisers.

"We want the Soundtrail audio walk to be a rich and varied audio experience, and for that we need lots of voices and people with different memories of the time," she said.

Lismore City Council tourism services coordinator, Andrew Walker, said it was the perfect time to record the stories.

"It's been just over 40 years and we've lost some of the key people part of the Aquarius Festival," he said. "We don't want the history to be lost."

He said this audio walk experience would suit anyone with a smartphone, whether young or old.

"We're looking forward to offering a really contemporary, interpretive approach to the village.

"It gives people the opportunity to walk through the village and take in that little bit more of the history and learn the stories."

When the audio walk is launched it will be available via the Soundtrails app.

To find out more, visit the Nimbin Soundtrail Facebook page, phone the Nimbin Visitor Information Centre on 6689 1388 or email nimbinsoundtrail@gmail.com.



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