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The First & Foremost Indigenous Arts & Culture festival
If you haven't heard of this yet then tune in as the 2016/2017 series of Boomerang is happening and has so much in store. "Boomerang Festival" is Bundjalung country's own, first-of-its-kind Indigenous Arts and Culture festival. They launched successfully in 2013 and have been at the well-known blues and roots festival in Byron Bay (known as Bluesfest) ever since.
Unfortunately, due to a cut of funding they are unable to attend next year's Bluesfest over the Easter long weekend in April 2017 and to remain as a stand-alone festival. But the organisers and supporters of Bundjalung's world-class festival have not been deterred. Instead, they have organised a series of exciting events to raise awareness and funds to continue at Bluesfest and become the first and foremost greatest Indigenous Arts and Culture festival in the world!
The directors of Boomerang, Rhoda Roberts and Peter Noble, have teamed up with a variety of local businesses and individuals to bring you this series of events with all proceeds to Boomerang's cause. With still so much more to still be announced, here are the list of events so far:
'Wild Harvest' Dinner & Foraging Stories Date: Wednesday 19th October, 2016 Cost: $70 per head or $115 (beverage pairing)
In the hinterland of Byron Bay, Newrybar's Harvest Cafe will host a 4 course dinner showcasing all local ingredients on the menu. You can contact them on (02) 6687 2644 to reserve your space and bookings are essential as spaces are limited.
Festival Photos Portrait Exhibition Date: 9th to 20th November, 2016 Cost: $5 admission
On November 9th, the launch party for the festival photos and portrait exhibition will be hosted by Ben Knight. The exhibition will then run until the 20th November. It will be held at the Photo Fox Den in Lismore with only $5 for admission to support Boomerang.
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Ja Naghari Date: Sunday 19th March, 2017 Cost: Concert only $40; Luncheon & Concert $180
The annual fundraising luncheon for Boomerang will be held at The Earth House in the heart of the Byron Bay hinterland. In such a picturesque setting, guests will be able to enjoy good food, good company, live music and a silent auction with costs detailed above. Both Harvest & the Three Blue Ducks have collaborated in support for Boomerang and this will be a fantastic event for all to enjoy- not to be missed out on!
Aboriginal Agriculture & Farming Date: Thursday 4th of April, 2017 Cost: $25
This event is promising to enlighten and bring awareness about Aboriginal culture with a conversation between Bill Gammage, Rob Appo and Rhoda Roberts. Held at the Byron Community Theatre, tickets are $25 per person, you will be able to purchase tickets to this event closer to the date on this website: Boomerang Festival.
Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017 Date: 13th to 18th of April, 2017
With the efforts and support of crowd funding of all above mentioned events, Boomerang hopes to make their next appearance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay. Boomerang features an array of music, dance, theatre, comedy, film and visual art as part of its festivities. It is an amazing festival that is focused on the thought-provoking conversations, knowledge exchange and personal experience that you will gain thanks to Boomerang.
Not only can you enjoy yourself at these events but you are able to gain so much knowledge and insight into the profoundly beautiful culture of our First Nations people. It would be a wonderful thing to see all Australians, nationwide, come together and support this amazing movement. For any more information or to keep updated about future events head to their website: Boomerang Festival. Even if you are unable to attend these events, but feel strongly about helping as best you can, you are also able to donate directly though their website.