CULTURE: Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Troupe performs at the Boomerang Festival in 2013.
CULTURE: Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Troupe performs at the Boomerang Festival in 2013. Doug Eaton

Boomerang launches crowdfunding campaign

BOOMERANG Festival is aiming to raise $100,000 to support the cost of the 2016 festival and future versions of the event.

Boomerang Festival is the first indigenous arts and cultural event for the Northern Rivers, and an initiative programmed by curator and Bundjalung woman Rhoda Roberts.

Crowdfunding for viability

The campaign, based on website indiegogo.com, aims to reach the goal by the end of January 2016.

Ms Roberts said the crowdfunding is needed to ensure the viability of the festival.

"It is very uncertain times for us across the creative industries when looking at corporate support or Federal funding," she said.

"We looked at ways on how could we be independent while raise some money to put on this project.

"We thought crowd funding was a creative way to see if that support exists locally and globally."

Performing with Bluesfest

In 2016, Boomerang will be held with Bluesfest during Easter, and has released a line up consisting on three areas: forum, performance and traditional healing. 

The performing section includes Rako Dancers from Rotuman, Fijian and Pacific Islands; Jannawi Dancers from Darug, NSW/Arnhem Land, Northern Territory; Excelsior from North and Central Queensland, Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Troupe from Boigu Island, Going Wanhurr And East Journey from Dhalinbuy in the Northern Territory, plus the Arakwal Dancers from Byron Bay.

The talks and ideas forum has announced Gundijtmara/ Bundjalung artist Archie Roach discussing 25 Years of Charcoal Lane, Tenzin Choegyal from Tibet, talking about Music Making Of The Displaced, among others.

In the healing program from Boomerang 2016, the only name announced so far is Te Kopere Healing Program from New Zealand.

Understanding of local cultures

Rhoda Roberts said the three areas of the festival offer the community a better understanding of original local cultures and of other's around the world.

"Boomerang Festival represents reconciliation in action: the entire community uniting through arts and culture, education, and contributing to the shift in our national cultural landscape," she said .

Local businesses that have put their hands up as The First Friends of Boomerang are Bluesfest, Harvest Café, Arakwal Aborignal Corporation, The Farm, The Three Blue Ducks, Clayton Donovan & The Jaaning Tree, Australian Good Food Guide, The Music, Virgin Australia and The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa.

To pledge funds to Boomerang visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boomerang-indigenous-arts-culture-festival#/



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