Boomerang Festival

A NEW WORLD INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS

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From the Media:

“Just as impressive as Bluesfest’s environmental consciousness is its cultural integration. Thanks to this year’s collaboration with Boomerang Festival, the Tyagarah festival grounds held dance sessions lead by the Aboriginal community that were as informative as they were beautiful to watch. Boomerang festival made it possible for festival-goers to learn more about dance, weaving, carving, and drumming within the aboriginal culture, promoting a positive exchange between indigenous and non-indigenous patrons. Truly a festival as much about music as it is about arts and culture, Bluesfest made it easy for its patrons to learn a unique tribal dance in between sets”

— AAA Backstage

Read more: http://aaabackstage.com/live-review-bluesfest-2016-day-1/

 

“One of the main attractions at this year’s Blues Festival was the partnership with Boomerang. Audiences were treated to a plethora of cultural knowledge featuring dance, music, food and thought provoking conversations.

Each afternoon the dance ground came alive with performances by The Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance troupe from the Torres Strait Islands, Jannawi Dancers, Excelsior, Going Wanhurr and East Journey, plus local Arakwal dances and the Rako dancers from Fiji.

One of the many highlights was the closing ceremony on Monday afternoon; this powerful performance certainly drew a massive crowd and redefined the importance of the continuation of this amazing cultural festival”

— SBS

Read more: http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/04/04/celebrating-indigenous-music-and-dance-boomerang-festival?cid=cxenseab_a

 

From our Patrons:

“I absolutely loved the closing ceremony combined dance party, so much celebration of culture, smiles and love. It was one of the best Bluesfest moments in my 15 years of attending”

— Anthony Cook, patron

 

“I was drawn to watch the Boomerang acts a number of time. My absolute favourite were the Jannawi Dancers. Such elegant and flowing movements to tell their stories. I really hope the Boomerang Festival will be part of Bluesfest next year”

— Mary Perren, patron

 

“This was one of the best experiences I've had ever”

— Lidia Strine, patron

 

“My daughter was up close & personal every day!! She had a hard time picking a favourite moment!”

— Alison Grace, patron

 

“The indigenous dancers where amazing many spectators got into the vibe. Be proud of who you are well done”

— Cheryl Rodgers, patron

 

Congratulations Rhoda and Crew for a great festival. I was so blown away by the Monday all in performance it made me so happy to see some many cultures come together in song and dance as old history and new history. I also want to mention that the boomerang area was the only space I saw kids playing. This says a lot about inclusion. Well done and congratulations I will support this all the way”

Ruth Tsitmbinis, patron

 

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