Christopher Clark (left) swings a poi as Allan Clark shows his mastery of flower sticks during a circus skills session.A TWILIGHT volcanic dreaming performance entertained record crowds for the eighth annual Lake Bolac Eel Festival on Saturday.
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More than 1000 people attended the day-long event, which celebrated the environment and indigenous culture, climaxing with a traditional dance on the foreshore.

Former Bangarra Dance Theatre member Rheannan Port and Gunditjmara Karween dancer Adeline McDonald trained students from schools in Warrnambool, Allansford, Heywood and Branxholme-Wallacedale for the performance.

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Festival committee member Nolene Fraser said yesterday the atmosphere was “amazing”.

“It’s going from strength to strength. We’re only a little town,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful setting on the shore of the lake.

“It’s not something you could hold in Melbourne or anywhere else. It’s a festival of place.”

Mrs Fraser said organisers had been concerned about the forecast but patches of rain and drizzle failed to impact on numbers.

She said the event, a brainchild of singer-songwriter Neil Murray, was a “modern day festival” recalling the days after the autumn rains when the eels swam downstream and created a surplus of food for the indigenous tribes.

Aside from the twilight performance, Mrs Fraser said the afternoon’s musical line-up and an art exhibition featuring works from Deakin University’s creative arts department, were highlights.

About 20 people joined the Healing Walk from March 15 to 22. The group walked from the overflow at Lake Bolac, along Salt Creek to the Hopkins River and Hopkins Falls with permission from landholders.

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