Boomerang At Bluesfest Unveils 2016 Schedule & More Artists

18 February 2016 | 4:01 pm | Staff Writer

Several new names added to the Boomerang program, spanning talks and ideas, dance, and workshops

Indigenous arts & culture festival Boomerang is still keeping its eyes on the prize of becoming a standalone festival once more, but this year it will be featured as a special part of the wider Bluesfest program.

That doesn't mean they're skimping on reasons to hang out in the Boomerang At Bluesfest precinct, with organisers today revealing a stunning second batch of acts to join the existing line-up, spanning the worlds of talks and ideas, dance, and workshops to keep your brain sated with cultural exchange and celebration of the highest order.

The scope of subjects on offer traverse a broad range, too; climate change is the focus of Frontline Change, featuring George NegusAmelia TelfordLetila MitchellThe Hon. Tony Burke and Getano Bann, while the finer points of indigenous healing will be examined in Keeping The Natives Green: Medicine, Plants & Foraging with Clarence Slocklee and Clayton DonovanJoe Williams will discuss The Enemy Within, while George Negus is back on hand with John Faunt and Tenzin Cheogyal to canvass The Boat DebateRichard Frankland hosts Conversations With The Dead, while celebrated first-nation muso Archie Roach will go under the spotlight in a conversation with Craig Pilkington and Nancy Bates. Last, but not least, Troy Brady will discuss the sensitive topic of Music & Chemo, in addition to local elders and community-based talks on offer throughout the program.

The Dhinawan Dreaming & cultural workshop will shine a light on indigenous dance, while sustainable living is the name of the game at Sonja Carmichael's workshop, Making Turtles & Recycling Marine Waste, as well as that of Delvene Cockatoo Collins, who will host the Seeds, Ceramics & Jewellery program.

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Organisers of Boomerang At Bluesfest have revealed the overall schedule of events for their neck of the festival woods, which you can check out in full below (click to enlarge).

Boomerang At Bluesfest runs from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 March at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay. For more information, see the event's website, or check out our Bluesfest page under the Festivals tab.

If you'd like to contribute to Boomerang's crowdfunding for future standalone events, head this way.