Bluesfest launches Boomerang Festival to unite cultures

THE Boomerang Festival, a major new cultural event focused on the World's first peoples was launched yesterday at Bluesfest.

Launched by Bluesfest boss Peter Noble in partnership with Boomerang Festival Director and Curator Rhoda Roberts, the new multi-arts festival is set to run from October 4th - 6th 2013 on the Bluesfest site at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm.

Mr Noble said Bluesfest had come up with the initial $1.2m to get the festival rolling and was looking for other commercial partners.

He also said that organisers would not be waiting around for any government grants but would press on regardless.

"We think it time to turn good intentions into good deeds," he said

Ms Roberts said the new festival would feature an eclectic line up of artists from around the globe.

"The Boomerang Festival will be a unique world cultural exchange where audiences will experience living cultures through traditional and contemporary music."

"This multi-arts event is the first of its kind and will be a three-day camping experience where audiences get the chance to connect with and embracing the social, cultural and the spiritual aspects of Australia's First peoples traditional lives and contemporary practices from across the globe."

Organisers said one of the aims of the Boomerang Festival was to address the disparity in life expectancy between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia by providing an annual creative event that fostered strong partnerships and showcased first nations and their culture to their advantage.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble said yesterday's launch was a special moment for him personally.

"Hosting a significant cultural event on the Bluesfest site which is actually Bundjalung country not only makes sense, but makes me proud."



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