Boomerang Festival

A NEW WORLD INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS

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2016 Lineup

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Rako Dancers (ROTUMAN / FIJI)

Rako Pasefika is a collective of artists of indigenous Rotuman, Fijian and Pacific Island heritage whose work is part of their quest to retain traditional knowledge.

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Jannawi Dance Clan

From the rich story telling traditions of Aboriginal NSW Jannawi dance clan shines a light on strength, resilience and artistry of Aboriginal women, men ,youth and dance culture today .

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eXcelsior

North & Central Queensland

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Going Wanhurr and East Journey

Under the direction of Bangarra performer DjakapurraMunyarryun the dance is a two-way experience. Linking Western and Yolŋu cultures, and knowledge together through dance or Bungull and Manikay songs that share the ideas and the philosophy of country and culture and how our culture and napaki (non-Indigenous) should live together.

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Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Troupe

From Boigu Island, located in the top western part of the Torres Strait and the most northerly inhabited island of Australia separating Cape York Peninsula form the island of New Guinea, the performers share their traditional songs and dances that have been passed down from generation to generation based on the everyday life of island stories.

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Arakwal Dancers

Our custodians, the local Arakwal clan will also take to the dance stage grounds at Boomerang on the lands of the Bundjalung in beautiful Byron Shire

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Archie Roach

Archie Roach- Celebrating 25 years of Charcoal Lane

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Getano Bann

GETANO BANN: ‘Issues affecting island communities’

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Tenzin Choegyal

TENZIN CHOEYGAL: ‘Music making of the displaced’

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Shari Sebbens

SHARI SEBBENS: ‘The New Black Voice’

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NAKKIAH LUI

NAKKIAH LUI: ‘The New Black Voice’

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Te Kopere Maori Healing

Under the guidance of healer Christine Bullock , New ZealandsRongoā Māori is the traditional healing system of Māori. It focuses on the oral transmission of knowledge, diversity of practice and the spiritual dimension of health. Rongoā Māori encompasses herbal remedies, physical therapies and spiritual healing.

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John Faunt

John Faunt is a music artist from Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Over the years John has been performing in Papua New Guinea and Melanesia with his band Hausboi and is an active Manus Garamut (slit log) drummer. John is now based in Brisbane, Australia and on the board of the Wantok Musik Foundation (wantokmusik.org) assisting their work with indigenous music and culture in the region.

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George Negus

George Negus is a well known Australian author, journalist and television presenter specialising in international affairs

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The Hon Tony Burke, Member for Watson

Upon election to the Federal Parliament in 2004, Tony was placed immediately on the frontbench as Shadow Minister for Small Business and Shadow Minister for Immigration. In 2007 Tony was appointed Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In September 2010, he was appointed Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities in the Gillard Labor Government.

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Amelia Telford

Young environmentalist of the year 2015 and former school captain of Lismore High, Bundjalung woman Amelia set up Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, an organisation that supports Aboriginal people aged under 30 who want to participate in environmental debates.

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Letila Mitchell

From the Island of Rotuman Letila Mitchell is founder of the Pacific Arts Alliance Trustee and Current Secretary General. She is also the Director of the Fiji Arts Council. She is a visual and performing artist with 15 years’ experience, performing and working in the Pacific, London, New Zealand and Australia.

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Joe Williams

The Enemy Within: A Wiradjuri man, Joe Williams played in the NRL for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional Boxing in 2009. Joe is a 2 time WBF World Junior Welterweight champion, and recently won the WBC Asia Continental Title. Joe is currently working fulltime as the Aboriginal Education Worker at Mater Dei Catholic College.

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Richard Frankland

Richard Frankland is a AFI filmmaker, musician, a writer and an extraordinary storyteller

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Clayton Donovan

Clayton Donovan is Australia’s most acclaimed Indigenous Chef. Growing up in Northern New South Wales, Clayton started learning about native produce when he was four years old, out walking with his Aunties and grandmothers, taking what they found in the bush or along the coastline and cooking it up at their homes.

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Troy Brady

Troy’s musical career began at 16 when he taught himself to play guitar from a songbook of “The Shadows” provided by his father. Two years later, his singing talent was noticed by his mother when she heard him and some friends having a sing-along to a boombox in the garage. This resulted in his involvement in the group: AIM4MORE for 4 years.

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Nancy Bates

Nancy Bates is a Barkindji woman from Far Western New South Wales who is fast becoming part of the national Aboriginal music community having completed a season as a member of Archie Roach's 'Into the Bloodstream Gospel Choir'.

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Craig Pilkington

Craig Pilkington is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of ARIA award winning band The Killjoys. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) from the Conservatorium Melbourne University, and owns and operates Audrey Studios. As a composer and producer/engineer his albums have received multiple ARIA awards and nominations.

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Sonja Carmichael Recycles Marine Waste/Making Turtles workshop

A Ngugi woman form Stradbroke Island, Sonja gathers Un-gaire (swamp reeds) and grass fibres as well as nets, ropes, plastics and other materials such as marine debris that have been discarded into the ocean and found washed up on the beautiful shores of Minjerribah.

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Delvene Cockatoo Collins: Seeds, Ceramics and Jewellery making

A Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul woman of Quandamooka Country, Delvene Cockatoo Collins’ arts practice includes textiles, ceramics and jewellery making.

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Dhinawan Dance & Cultural Workshops

From the Gamillaroi Bigambul peoples, AKA Mick Baker, is known for his spontaneous, straight-from-the-heart cultural commentary. Founder and front man of Dhinawan Dreaming, the Byron Bay-based entertainer uses the mediums of dance, song and storytelling to promote cultural awareness and understanding in a humorous, insightful and thought-provoking way.

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