Frank Yamma performs at the Boomerang Festival in Byron Bay. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star
Frank Yamma performs at the Boomerang Festival in Byron Bay. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star Doug Eaton

Artist announcement for Boomerang Festival

A NEW precinct at next year’s Bluesfest has developed due to the passion of festival director Peter Noble to nuture Australia’s Indigenous cultures.

Together with curator Rhoda Roberts, they have created a new precinct adding a unique dimension to the incredible multi-faceted cultural experience that is Bluesfest.

Bluesfest has invited the Boomerang Festival to provide a First peoples experience like no other, including Talks and Ideas, Workshops, Traditional Healing practices and Dance.

It aims to attract and increase community support for the important cultural initiative for the Northern Rivers and Australia, in order for it to grow back into an independent, stand-alone festival.

Artists that are involved making it a truly deadly Boomerang program:

Dance Groups:

Rako Dancers - Rotuman, Fijian and Pacific Islands

Jannawi Dancers – Darug, NSW/Arnhem Land, NT

Excelsior – North & Central Queensland

Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Troupe – Boigu Island,

Going Wanhurr And East Journey – Dhalinbuy NT

Arakwal Dancers – Byron Bay, NSW

Talks & Ideas:

Archie Roach – Gundijtmara/ Bundjalung: ‘25 years of Charcoal Lane’

Tenzin Choegyal – Tibet: ‘Music making of the displaced’

Getano Bann – Torres Strait: ‘Issues affecting island communities’

Shari Sebbens (Darwin) & Nakkiah Lui (Torres Strait)

‘The New Black Voice’: Australians from all backgrounds discuss their diverse opinions on the national landscape and the future cultural fabric of Australia 


Te Kopere Healing Program – New Zealand

With more to be announced!

More details of the Boomerang Festival

The Boomerang Precinct, beside the Jambalaya stage, provides a safe family program of arts and age - old culture and rituals along with workshops and interactive experiences. 

First nations musicians will participate in the Bluesfest program, as they always have.

The Boomerang precinct is a destination, and is about more than just the music.  A unique cultural exchange, with audiences personally touched by the experience of connecting and embracing the social, cultural and the spiritual aspects of Australia’s, and the world’s, First peoples’ traditional lives and contemporary practices from across the globe.

Audiences will experience living cultures through traditional and contemporary music, featuring some of the world’s oldest instruments, dance and rituals.

Language, it has been said, is the light of the mind; combine that with the revitalisation and the return of some ancient traditions and practices from an eclectic  line up of artsits, and what you have is uplifting, unique and powerful cultural experiences you might not otherwise have access to. 

The Boomerang Festival has the desired aim of ending the disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia by providing an annual creative event that builds strong partnerships and showcases First Nations’ advantage: quite simply, their culture.

So  through the  healing of music, the rhythm of  language  and the power of  dance, it is time to have fun and gather as we recognsie the similarites we all share. 


Boomerang Crowd Funding Campaign

On Friday, December 4, 2015, Boomerang Festival is launching a Crowd Funding Campaign, where for 90 days, we will be raising money to contribute to the quality programming of the 2016 precinct, and investing the festival’s growth for future years. 

Crowd funding packages range from $100 to $7,000, all offering wonderful cultural gifts and experiences, thanks to the generous support of organisations including:

  • Bluesfest
  • Harvest Cafe
  • Arakwal Aboriginal Corporation
  • The Farm
  • The Three Blue Ducks
  • Clayton Donavon and The Jaaning Tree
  • Australian Good Food Guide
  • The Music
  • Virgin Australia
  • The Byron @Byron Resort and Spa.

Interested investors can donate at