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Worlds to collide for the first Boomerang Festival

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Moana & The Tribe [NZ]

WORLDS will collide on a farm north of Byron Bay for three days in October.

The first Boomerang Festival, put together by artistic director Rhoda Roberts, will feature more than 130 performances and experiences.

A gathering of the clans from across the globe, the festival will bring together musicians, artists, filmmakers and speakers, performing music, doing workshops, and sharing fire gatherings, talks and conversations, dance, comedy and films.

Eleven countries, including Canada, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Chile, New Zealand and Fiji will be represented.

And in what organisers say is unprecedented, 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clans will come together.

"No other Australian event quite matches that," Ms Roberts said.

"The Boomerang Festival is the first of its kind."

"(People) have the opportunity to be touched by the experience.

"(It will) connect ... the traditional society, culture and spirit of Australia's first people with contemporary clans from across the globe."

Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach and Wantok Sing Sing headline the event. The Boomerang Festival, at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 11km north of Byron Bay, runs from October 4-6.

The site, the home of the Byron Bay Blues Festival, is a 20-minute drive from the southern end of the Gold Coast.

For more information, go to www.boomerangfestival.com.au.

Topics:  boomerang festival festival indigenous australians rhoda roberts



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