Be Touched by Cultural Boomerang Experience; Indigenous Cultures Being Brought to the World Stage at Byron Bay's Boomerang Festival

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Boomerang highlights

Music

Gurrumul Yunupingu

WANTOK Sing Sing

Airileke

Archie Roach with guests and a Ten-Piece Ensemble

Thelma Plum

The Medics

Quique Neira (Chile)

Rako Dancers (Fiji)

Busby Marou

Casey Donovan

Shellie Morris

The Medics

Dubmarine

Dance:

Arakwal Dancers

Move it Mob Style

Malu Kiai Mura Buia

Jannawi Dancers

Koomurri Dancers

Bunggul Dancers

Theatre/performance

Sean Choolburra's 50 Shades of Black

Tammy Anderson's play I Don't Wanna Play House

Speakers:

Ernie Dingo

Jack Charles

Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM

George Negus

Melissa Lucashenko

Romaine Morton

Richard Frankland

Djon Mundine

Professor Larissa Behrendt

Melissa Lucashenko

Romaine Moreton

Kate Welsman Systa BB

THE Northern Rivers is fast becoming known as the festival capital of Australia.

We have Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, Mullum Music Festival, The Writers' Festival, the Falls Festival coming to Byron Bay in December and now the Boomerang Festival in October.

Boomerang Festival director Rhoda Roberts said Boomerang was the first of its kind: an indigenous festival with music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, discussions and visual arts.

"This festival line-up is really exciting," Ms Roberts said.

"It is the continuance of that organic nature of storytelling; we are sharing the culture."

The Boomerang line-up is extensive and includes experiences from music to workshops, fire gatherings, dance participations and conversations.

The indigenous performers will include 70 clans represented from across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.

As well as the indigenous artists there will be artists from all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Rotuman, Tonga, Samoa, and the Cook Islands (Rarotonga) - who will come together to perform at the inaugural event. …