Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble is passionate about nurturing Australia’s Indigenous cultures and together with revered curator Rhoda Roberts, has created a new precinct, adding a unique dimension to the incredible multi-faceted cultural experience that is BLUESFEST.
Bluesfest has invited the Boomerang Festival to provide a First peoples experience like no other, includingTalks and Ideas, Workshops, Traditional Healing practices and Dance. It aims to attract and increase community support for the important cultural initiative for the Northern Rivers and Australia, in order for it to grow back into an independent, stand-alone festival.
We are excited and proud to announce the first group of talented artists and cultural leaders in what is shaping up to be a truly deadly Boomerang program:
RAKO DANCERS – Rotuman, Fijian and Pacific Islands
JANNAWI DANCERS – Darug, NSW/Arnhem Land, NT
EXCELSIOR – North & Central Queensland
MALU KIAI MURA BUAI DANCE TROUPE – Boigu Island,
GOING WANHURR AND EAST JOURNEY – Dhalinbuy NT
ARAKWAL DANCERS – Byron Bay, NSW
TALKS & IDEAS:
ARCHIE ROACH – Gundijtmara/ Bundjalung: ‘25 years of Charcoal Lane’
TENZIN CHOEGYAL – Tibet: ‘Music making of the displaced’
GETANO BANN – Torres Strait: ‘Issues affecting island communities’
SHARI SEBBENS (Darwin) & NAKKIAH LUI (Torres Strait)
‘The New Black Voice’: Australians from all backgrounds discuss their diverse opinions on the national landscape and the future cultural fabric of Australia
TE KOPERE HEALING PROGRAM – New Zealand
With more to be announced!
ABOUT BOOMERANG AT BLUESFEST
The Boomerang Precinct, beside the Jambalaya stage, provides a safe family program of arts and age – old culture and rituals along with workshops and interactive experiences.
First nations musicians will participate in the Bluesfest program, as they always have.
The Boomerang precinct is a destination, and is about more than just the music. A unique cultural exchange, with audiences personally touched by the experience of connecting and embracing the social, cultural and the spiritual aspects of Australia’s, and the world’s, First peoples’ traditional lives and contemporary practices from across the globe.
Audiences will experience living cultures through traditional and contemporary music, featuring some of the world’s oldest instruments, dance and rituals.
Language, it has been said, is the light of the mind; combine that with the revitalisation and the return of some ancient traditions and practices from an eclectic line up of artsits, and what you have is uplifting, unique and powerful cultural experiences you might not otherwise have access to.
The Boomerang Festival has the desired aim of ending the disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia by providing an annual creative event that builds strong partnerships and showcases First Nations’ advantage: quite simply, their culture.
So through the healing of music, the rhythm of language and the power of dance, it is time to have fun and gather as we recognsie the similarities we all share.