Fes­ti­val to bring all to­gether

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Carly Laden

A fam­ily and com­mu­nity fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing live mu­sic and per­for­mances, art and more will mark Broome’s cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week.

The Broome Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Fes­ti­val, co-or­di­nated by the Shire of Broome and Yawuru, will take place on Male Oval on Fri­day, June 1, from 4pm in hon­our of Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week, which be­gan on Sun­day, May 27.

Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week aims to help all Aus­tralians learn more about Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander cul­tures and his­to­ries, to share that knowl­edge to help Aus­tralia grow as a na­tion.

The theme for the Broome Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Fes­ti­val is “A com­mu­nity cel­e­brat­ing to­gether is a com­mu­nity grow­ing to­gether” and the event will fea­ture mu­sic, com­mu­nity art, dance, the Kim­ber­ley Girls, mar­ket stalls and food vans.

The line-up of lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes John Bennett, Stephen Pi­gram, Yatan­gal fea­tur­ing Mervyn Mu­lardy, StiX and TriX, Sea­side Drifters, Lyri­cal In­stinct, Wasamba Car­ni­val Drum­mers, St Mary’s Col­lege Dancers, Stu­dio 34 and Ja­cob the Rap­per.

Broome Shire pres­i­dent Harold Tracey said the fes­ti­val promised to be an im­por­tant oc­ca­sion and he en­cour­aged com­mu­nity mem­bers of all ages to at­tend.

“Our aim is to put on a fun com­mu­nity fes­ti­val, while at the same time bringing the com­mu­nity to­gether to cel­e­brate our town’s unique cul­tural her­itage,” he said.

Yawuru chief ex­ec­u­tive Pe­ter Yu said Yawuru and the Shire of Broome signed the first rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agree­ment in Aus­tralia 20 years ago.

“We col­lec­tively rep­re­sent a unique hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence in the so­cial land­scape of our na­tion and for Broome, Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week should be a cel­e­bra­tion of all that is good about this unique­ness in our com­mu­nity,” Mr Yu said.

“Recog­nis­ing our town’s in­dige­nous her­itage is key to un­der­stand­ing our com­mu­nity now.”

“Recog­nis­ing the ne­ces­sity for an im­por­tant legacy, we need to build a strong and com­mon fu­ture for our kids, what­ever their cul­tural back­ground is, and this Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Fes­ti­val is a great way to come to­gether to cel­e­brate, to share and be­gin to build the path for our com­mon pur­pose.”

Pic­ture: Stephen Scour­field

Steve Pi­gram will be one of sev­eral per­form­ers at the Broome Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Fes­ti­val on June 1.

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