MOVING: Dancers at the Boomerang festival within a festival. Photo: Lyn McCarthy
MOVING: Dancers at the Boomerang festival within a festival. Photo: Lyn McCarthy Contributed

Boomerang thrives at Bluesfest

THE Boomerang Festival within Bluesfest 2016 added a new layer of Australian culture to the festival and featured a dance ground, healing tent and talks and ideas stage.

The Boomerang closing ceremony showcased first nation artists from across the globe including Papua New Guinea , Fiji, New Zealand, Tibet, Canada, Rotuma Island and Solomon Islands.

Boomerang Festival director, Rhoda Roberts said the festival was a success.

“To bring ceremony to all Australians will be the future of this nation, this year’s ceremony not only acknowledged the passing of senior elders, it reconnected local communities to language,” she said.

“The ceremony is a chance to honour, exchange and show off we have the oldest living culture on the planet.

“Ritual is the embodiment of who we are and unless you go to Arnhem Land you are not going to get the experience that Bluesfest allowed us to share with our audiences.

“On a personal level, Boomerang means so much as it allows us to gather and to laugh and to exchange and the only other times we gather is at funerals. Boomerang is vital to ensure that the language and the ceremony continues,” she said.