They’re flying: festival performer, Tom Avery aka Blakboi, festival director Rhoda Roberts and Boomerang producer Peter Noble. Photo Jeff Dawson
Boomerang – Australia’s festival of first peoples – had its official launch yesterday at the Byron at Byron resort, taking the lid of the 113 acts of the festival.
Artistic director Rhoda Roberts said, ‘Boomerang Festival is the first of its kind. This is a festival experience where audiences have the opportunity to be personally touched by the experience of connecting with and embracing the social, cultural and the spiritual aspects of Australia’s first peoples’ traditional lives and contemporary practices from across the globe.’
And coming from across the globe are some intriguing performers reflecting other first cultures.
Canadian band Digging Roots blend indigenous influences, hip-hop, folk, reggae, and blues and roots to create their own sound. Also from that country hails dance troupe Tsuu T’ina & Anishnaabe bring to Boomerang traditional plains and hoop dance traditions combined with ‘parkour style flipping and jumping’.
From the other side of the Atlantic come Scottish first-worlders Breabach, whose members have gathered with family, friends and local tradition bearers to learn stories and tunes, bringing the Gaelic to Boomerang.
Joining them in the lineup are a range of local acts with a young appeal including OKA, Dubmarine, Supafresh and Blackboi.
The Boomerang International Indigenous Film Festival (BIIFF) will be launched featuring shorts, and documentary and feature films, including the award-winning Reel Injun featuring Clint Eastwood and Adam Beach.
The inaugural Boomerang Festival runs from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay (the home of Bluesfest).
For tickets and more information go to www.boomerangfestival.com.au.