Local girls who took part in NORPA's 'Kinship' collaboration with Boomerang Festival as part of the theatre company's 3 year Bundjalung project. Photo Contributed Jeff Dawson.
Local girls who took part in NORPA's 'Kinship' collaboration with Boomerang Festival as part of the theatre company's 3 year Bundjalung project. Photo Contributed Jeff Dawson. Contributed

Boomerang goes back to Bluesfest in 2016

ABORIGINAL music and arts festival Boomerang will be part of Bluesfest 2016 as confirmed by organisers.

Although there were no line up announcements, organisers confirmed Boomerang will host its own space at Bluesfest next year next to Jambalaya stage.

"Bluesfest will come alive with this new family-friendly precinct offering an inspiring, enlivening & diverse program of dance, language, story, talks & ideas, carving, weaving, and traditional healing programs by some of Australia and the world's foremost masters of their art," organisers said.

After a successful debut in 2013, Boomerang Festival, held as an independent event on the Bluesfest site, was nominated for the Best New Event at the 2014 Australian Events Awards and Best Indigenous Tourism for the 2014 NSW State Tourism Awards.

Despite resounding critical, industry and audience acclaim, Boomerang was unable to secure funding in order to present in the same format this year.

Festival director Peter Nobel said Boomerang will be programmed and managed from an Aboriginal perspective.

"The Boomerang precinct at Bluesfest is all about cherishing culture and ending the disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia. This intergenerational exchange will allow our loyal audiences a unique hands-on engagement and experience, while allowing the Boomerang Festival to build audiences and find support as a future a stand-alone festival," Mr Noble said.

Boomerang organiser Rhoda Roberts said their vision was to integrate culture in people's everyday lives.

"Having ready access to live culture from the globes first peoples is essential for our future as a cultural leader worldwide. The growth of Boomerang and the opportunity to have a focus at Bluesfest has many positive, lay.
Boomerang's full program will be released soon.

For details visit http://www.boomerangfestival.com.au/