GALLERY: Tent embassy celebrates 13th year

Members of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy are marking their 13th anniversary with a two-day celebration this weekend.

Since being established in December 2000 to block and protest a proposed development on Sandon Point, the tent embassy has been one of the most prominent and controversial sites in the Illawarra.

After resisting continual efforts to be moved on, numerous court cases, and rebuilding after a 2005 arson attack, Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy (SPATE) is celebrating 13 years on the point by hosting two days of traditional music, dance and food on Saturday and Sunday.

Indigenous musicians including Coloured Stone and Frank Yamma, as well as local acts The Glamma Rays, Chuparosa and Beatmeisters are among more than a dozen musical acts on show, with drum circles, dance performances and surf demonstrations through the weekend.

Entry to the celebrations is by gold-coin donation.

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