About half of Australia’s citizens were born overseas or have a parent from overseas. Our nation comprises more than 200 countries of origin, claiming 300 spoken languages!
On Saturday 27 April 2019, Byron Harmony Festival, will celebrate cultural harmony and diversity, with a stellar line-up of music, dance, rhythms and exotic food and market stalls, at Mullumbimby Civic Hall and Park.
Now in its 13th year, the day-long event offers a fantastic line-up of traditional and contemporary performance from Aboriginal Australian, African, Japanese, Latin American, Indian, Easter Islander (Rapa Nui), Solomon Islander, Thai, Indonesian, Middle Eastern, Hawaiian, Eastern European and French origins.
A traditional Bundjalung opening will feature young Aboriginal dancers, mentored by the renowned Uncle Magpie. Indigenous artists Dan and Scott Ratumah will share culture through their art. And a highlight of this year’s stage line up will be Juz, a young Bundjalung man making waves in the contemporary music world.
The day’s program will journey through the music, songs and stories of Lucy Gallant, Yoyo Tuki, Natty Dolaiasi, Kobya, Gabriel Otu, Bobby Paquet, JT Rasta Samurai & Nagi Nagi, Ben Jansz, Tikal De Meru, Kageni, Sister Rose and KZ-Byron. You will be treated to entrancing dance performances from Bollywood Sisters, Mana Aloha Hula, Veil of Dreams Belly Dance, Sakura Dance, Thai Cultural Gold Coast, Kalimantan Dance, Aloha Hula NSW, Romani Gypsy Dance. Be animated by the percussive rhythms and chants of Kizuna Taiko, Batala Project, Wadaiko Sho Taiko and Happy Africa. Witness the spectacle of globe-trotting, Byron Bay Angola Capoeira!
Add children’s craft activities and outdoor performances with delicious food stalls and attractive market stalls, and it’s a great day out, from 11am till 7.30 pm, for a donation of $5 per adult for Civic Hall entry, with all outdoor activities and music, free.
Evening Concert – Soul Sangeet
Extending Byron Harmony Festival into the evening, Soul Sangeet is a special World Music Collective concert featuring international guest of eight musical generations, Sangeet Mishra from India on Sarangi with Shivam Rath on Crystal Slide and Shai Shriki on Oud.
The Evening Concert, from 8.30 – 10pm, is a fundraising event for Byron Harmony Festival. Pre-sale tickets at www.crystalslide.com cost $25. Door sales after 7pm, $30. Harmony Festival attendees get special discounts.
Further enquiries, Fabrizio Calafuri, Harmony Festival Media Team, mobile 0405995813.