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Boomerang Festival Byron Bay


  • Byron Bay Blues Festival Lot 103, 104, 105 Pacific Hwy Tyagarah Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia Australia (map)

Boomerang 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 features the very best our original culture has to offer in the arts, talks and ideas, as well as emerging musicians, and dancers, workshops and much more.

Hosted by the oldest living culture it’s a time to get up close and personal, there is nothing that quite matches the exchanges our audiences experience.

Boomerang Festival is a global indigenous arts & culture event aimed at Aboriginal access for audiences wishing to engage with a quality, unique, true Indigenous experience.

It encompasses dance, weaving, carving, talks & ideas, workshops, music, drumming, & authentic cultural exchanges between Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal people.

  • 92% of Australians agree that Indigenous arts are an important part of Australia’s culture
  • 64% of Australians have a strong or growing interest in Indigenous arts
  • 24% of Australians attended Indigenous arts in the previous year

(Source Australia Council for the Arts, 2015)

Boomerang offers the solution to this discrepancy between people interested in engaging, and not knowing how to access Aboriginal culture.

NSW has the largest population of Aboriginal Australians than any other state in the country, and less fiscal support for Indigenous programs than other region in the country.

Ownership & pro-activeness with art & culture is key to empowerment and inclusion in our diverse society. Ownership & pro-activeness with art & culture is key to empowerment and inclusion in our diverse society.

Produced from an Aboriginal perspective by one of Australia’s most accomplished & respected Artistic Directors, and proud Bundjalung woman, Rhoda Roberts (Sydney Opera House, The Dreaming Festival, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Garma Festival), Boomerang Festival is programmed with high-quality performance art, featuring masters of craft & cultural leaders from around the globe.

Boomerang will become a symbol of cultural reconciliation that enhances the image and the future of our nation.
— Rhoda Roberts, Festival Director

Bluesfest, Australia's premier contemporary music festival held annually over the Easter long weekend in Byron Bay, has made the first gesture by adding Boomerang Festival to the program in 2016.

Held over five days on the Easter long weekend at the iconic 120 hectare Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just north of Byron Bay (Cavanbah), Bluesfest attracts an average aggregate patronage of 100,000 per festival.

It presents over 100 artists across 5 stages, camping for 6,000 people, 100+ food, market & charity stalls, wandering performances & children’s activities.

With the support from Australia Council for the Arts and Bluesfest, Byron Bay, Boomerang will feature as a smaller ‘festival within a festival’ at Bluesfest.

The Boomerang precinct at Bluesfest is all about cherishing culture and ending the disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia. This Intergenerational exchange will allow our loyal audiences a unique hands-on engagement and experience while allowing the Boomerang Festival to build audiences and find support as a future stand-alone festival
— Peter Noble, Festival Director, Bluesfest

By sharing & receiving the rich culture of the globe’s First Nations, this will be an interactive, two way exchange in education, healing & reconciliation that we all have the opportunity to participate in & benefit from.

It is a unique initiative for the NSW Northern Rivers – sacred Bundjalung country - that aspires to be a leader in national healing & reconciliation through the arts.

It’s the first of its kind in this part of the country. Bringing mobs together to showcase the breadth of talent and culture is something I am glad to be a part of
— Archie Roach

 

Purchase tickets at www.bluesfest.com.au

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