Indigenous Boomerang Festival to showcase arts from tomorrow

Wantok Sing Sing Djaka
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THE gates will open on Byron Shire's inaugural Boomerang Festival tomorrow at the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm - home of Bluesfest - and punters are in for a style of festival they may never have experienced before, say organisers.

The multi-arts indigenous festival will have an earthier, more elegant edge to it than your typical music festival, according to publicist Chryss Carr, with fire circles, weaving and speakers workshops, dancing grounds and art exhibitions as well as music.

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"The site is starting to take shape now, and people can expect a completely different vibe than Bluesfest," Ms Carr said yesterday.

"There is an extraordinary line-up of indigenous talent. Being the first time this festival has been held in the shire, it will be a smaller crowd and a more intimate experience."

The three-day Boomerang Festival, directed by Rhoda Roberts, includes more than 130 performances with headliners Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach, John Williamson and Wantok Sing Sing and speakers including George Negus, Jeff McMullen (ex-60 Minutes) and Gary Foley.

The opening ceremony starts at 6.15pm tomorrow evening with the official "singing up" on country and night's headline act, Wantok Sing Sing on the Muru Nu main stage at 9.15.

Tipped to be one of the festival highlights, the Wantok Sing Sing, a 17-piece ensemble features artists, dancers and musicians from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Torres Strait islands, the Cook Islands (Raratonga) and indigenous Australians who performed at the London Olympic Festival.

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