Pachamama Festival is a huge event that is part of the celebration of Refugee Week that runs from 17 to 23 June 2019. There are many other remarkable events before and after this date during Refugee Week that raises awareness about issues affecting refugees. It also celebrates the positive contributions made by them to Australian society.
A unique lineup can be expected with a focus on Indigenous languages. A platform has been created for these languages to be heard and celebrated through film, music, yarns, street food markets and the artisan markets. You'll find stalls offering unique crafts, bound together by a common thread. A focus on environmental and Indigenous sustainability. Enjoy street food from around the world prepared by refugee and asylum seeker communities. The Hobo Gro at the Centre has abundant seasonal and locally available produce grown organically and by the community. Discover the free ecological and medicinal services of the plants often referred to as weeds. Enjoy demonstrations on preparing edible weed salads and herbal teas.
From 7pm onwards, get ready for some unique and eclectic performances, kicking off with a welcome to home from the oldest and continuous living culture in Australia. From there, head on down on a musical journey to the Bolivian Andes to connect with Quechua language complemented by sounds played with traditional instruments such as Charango, Zampońas mixed with contemporary rhythms of guitar. The island of Cuba is the next stop where you'll dance to Yoruba religion and language. The rhythms and songs are linked with spirits that provide welfare to the community. Afro Mandingue will also bring a unique fusion of rhythms from West Africa. See below for timing of other events within the Fest.
This event is on the following day (Sunday) after the Festival
Yarn Circle - Language is Culture - Free Event from 12pm to 2.30pm. Looking at what revitalisation of Indigenous languages looks like. Invited elders and special guests along with Q&A session in a safe and facilitated yarn circle.
22 Jun - Film - Ukamau y Ké, That's How It Is, and What - Ticketed event ($10 - Bookings) from 3pm to 4.30pm. A special film screening of Andino hip hop artist Abraham Bojórquez (Ukamau y Ké) who shook the Bolivian music scene with his socially conscious lyrics sung in Aymara and his charismatic performance style. Dying violently in 2009 at just 27 years old, at the peak of his musical career. Ecuadorian rapper and director Andrés Ramírez returns to Bolivia to uncover the reasons for his friend's death and the legacy left by this intensely creative soul. Ukamau y Ké comes back to life through archive video footage, interviews, and dream visions.