A New Festival For All Australians
Today we present the first of many eclectic announcements for Boomerang Festival – an Indigenous festival for all Australians. Boomerang Festival is the first of its kind. Never has an Indigenous festival of this holistic calibre been so accessible, featuring an array of music, dance, theatre, comedy, film and visual arts, along with cultural knowledge exchanges and thought provoking conversations. Boomerang Festival is occurring right on your doorstep in beautiful Byron Bay in subtropical Northern NSW. You would need to travel to a remote area of Australia to experience such an amazing event and even then it would not present nearly as many of the incredible artists that define the Australian Indigenous experience that is Boomerang Festival.
This is a fully realised commercial event, not dependent on grants or government handouts because the time has come to present our first culture in a way we have not had the opportunity to before – as headliners in their own land. Boomerang Festival will feature the very best our original culture has to offer in the arts, culture and ideas, as well as emerging musicians, artists and dancers, theatre and much more. It features four stages, workshops, traditional healings and introducing the First Nations Film Festival, panels and forums over three days which define the Indigenous experience in Australia NOW. It is an all-embracing event – for peoples of every persuasion – come join us. Boomerang Festival will be held on the October Long Weekend Friday 4th - Sunday 6th October 2013 at the Bluesfest site, Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay NSW on Bundjalung land. Over the coming weeks we will unveil several amazing announcements including our International line up. The next announcement is due July 3rd. A very limited amount of 3 day and single day early bird tickets are now on sale through www.boomerangfestival.com.au or by phoning the Boomerang office on 02 6685 8310. Artist playing schedule will be available on www.boomerangfestival.com.au
What it’s all about: Hosted by the oldest living culture, Boomerang Festival is an opportunity to get up close and personal there is nothing that quite matches the exchanges our audiences will experience. This is a new partnership between Bluesfest Director, Peter Noble and leading cultural creative, Boomerang Festival Director and Curator Rhoda Roberts; both have been inspired by the artistic collaboration across our shores. Peter Noble says of the festival “Boomerang is a Festival of Indigenous ideas, of all aspects of our original culture. We think now is the right time to show the viability and value of Australian Indigenous culture in an accessible event which will give all Australians a sense of pride on experiencing the best of the best in Indigenous arts today.” On today’s line up we are proud to announce from Elcho Island, the voice of Gurrumul with the mesmerising sounds of the double bass and the 24 piece Queensland Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra. We are also proud to announce the legendary Archie Roach, Shellie Morris and the new generation of emerging musicians The Medics from Cairns and Thelma Plum from Brisbane. However it isn’t all just music!
Renowned Australian Actor, TV Host and personality Ernie Dingo and Academic Larissa Behrendt are the first of our speakers program to be announced along with comedian Sean Choolburra who will guarantee a laugh with his show “Fifty Shades of Black.” Also featured is the longest running Aboriginal play, I Don’t Wanna Play House starring Tammy Anderson. Jeff McMullen (60 Minutes) will host the screening as well as discuss a new film featuring Archie Roach about his time on the streets and life after the passing of his beloved Ruby along with the new children’s series, Butcher Paper, Texta, Blackboard and Chalk. Our custodians, the local Arakwal clan will also take to the dance stage grounds on the lands of the Bundjalung in beautiful Byron Shire.