Baala Baajo the African drummers and dancers.
Baala Baajo the African drummers and dancers.

Diversity on show at Fusion Festival

EVER wanted to get a taste of a different country without leaving your home town?

You can do that and more when Southern Cross University hosts the 2012 Fusion Festival across its three campuses from August 20 to 24.

Traditional dress, language and performances will be on show as well as food from around the globe including cuisine from Africa, China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Middle East, Japan, Europe, Italian and English cuisines.

The festival's theme is 'UNIty in diVERSITY: the coming together of cultures and communities'.

The Fusion Festival is free, open to the public and aims to further intercultural understanding and communal harmony through interaction in various forms - from cultural to social, intellectual and sporting events.

SCU's head of Equity and Diversity Rachel Callahan invited the wider community to join in.

"We invite everyone to celebrate the university's diverse and multicultural community and the contribution it makes to intercultural understanding both on campus and in the local area," she said.

Besides the food, highlights of this year's festival include African drummer band 'Baala Baajo'.

Ghanaian born, Nii Armah and Kenyan born, Sam Okoth, make up Baala Baajo and both are accomplished singers, dancers and musicians with a genuine passion for the music and culture of their native countries.

They will perform at all three Southern Cross University campuses.

Baala Baajo is well-known for their energy, exuberance and musicality and the pair has travelled extensively to perform their unique brand of music.

They play a range of instruments and their music is original and diverse - from traditional African melodies to high energy drum rhythms, combined with energetic dance rituals and vocals.

 

Lismore campus program:

Monday August 20, 4.30pm: Winners announced for Fusion Festival photo competition at the SCU Library. Exhibition runs throughout the rest of the week. Tuesday August 21, 11am-2.30pm: Welcome to Country; Dhinawan and the Deadly Dancers; Showcase of International languages/dress; Uni-tea tasting; performances by: 'Baala Baajo' African drum and dance; Blakboi; Darya Schrueder; Filipino Dancers; Winsome Choir. 12.30pm-1pm: Free food - food tasting from around the world. 6pm-9.30pm: International films evening, 'The Goddess of 1967' and 'Do the Right Thing'.

Coffs Harbour campus program (organised by SCU, North Coast TAFE and Coffs Harbour Senior College):

All weekFusion festival photo competition exhibition at Library. Wednesday August 22, 10am-2pm: Welcome to Country; Uni-tea tasting; performances by: 'Baala Baajo' African drum and dance; Blakboi; Akabella Choir and Awalim Belly Dancers; Johnny Aserson; Stories and Songs of the People; Interact with: Interfaith display; Living Library; table tennis, Wish Tree. Free food: Food tasting from around the world including a Taste of Africa, provided by students from Coffs Harbour Community College. Also, a bushtucker stall will provide samples.

Gold Coast and Tweed Heads campus program:

All week Fusion Festival photo competition exhibition at Gold Coast campus library. Thursday August 23, 12pm-2.30pm: Riverside campus, Brett St, Tweed Heads, and Tweed Civic Centre. Performances by: 'Baala Baajo' African drum and dance; Blakboi; Mai no Kai Japanese Dance Group; Bundjalung Kunjiel Aboriginal Dance Group; Indonesia Dance Group. Free food: Food tasting from around the world.

More information at www.scu.edu.au/fusion



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