Boomerang Festival, Northern NSW’s first global indigenous arts and culture festival is bringing the culture to Bluesfest big time in 2016, in one of Australia’s most exciting cultural collaborations, between Bluesfest Director Peter Noble and internationally revered arts curator and local Bundjalung woman, Rhoda Roberts.
On the lands of the Arakwal, of the Bundjalung Nation, The Boomerang Precinct, beside the Jambalaya Stage provides a safe, family-friendly program of arts and age-old culture and rituals, along with workshops and interactive experiences. First Nations musicians are embedded in the Bluesfest program as they have always been.
We are delighted to reveal the second major announcement for the Boomerang Precinct 2016.
More names have been added to the rousing, diverse Talks & Ideas program – where brilliant minds from around the world will discuss important topics about culture, the environment, politics, food, medicine, love, life, death and everything in between.
Plus the Workshops program has now been announced, complete with fun & educational experiences for young children and adults alike! This interactive, live arts and cultural exchange generously shared by our local people will move and enlighten you with the cultural depth – and you even get the chance to walk away with your own creation!
GEORGE NEGUS, AMELIA TELFORD, LETILA MITCHELL, THE HON. TONY BURKE & GETANO BANN:
Frontline Change – A Climate Change discussion
CLARENCE SLOCKEE & CLAYTON DONOVON: Keeping the natives green – Medicine, Plants & Foraging
JOE WILLIAMS: The Enemy Within
GEORGE NEGUS, JOHN FAUNT & TENZIN CHEOGYAL: The Boat Debate
RICHARD FRANKLAND: Conversations with the Dead
CRAIG PILKINGTON & NANCY BATES: In Conversation with ARCHIE ROACH
TROY BRADY: Music & Chemo
LOCAL ELDERS & COMMUNITY TALKS
DHINAWAN DREAMING + CULTURAL WORKSHOP, Bundjalung
SONJA CARMICHAEL: MAKING TUTRLES & RECYCLING MARINE WASTE
DELVENE COCKATOO COLLINS: SEEDS, CERAMICS & JEWELLERY
WEAVING WITH GRASSES WORKSHOP