Festival exhibits Aboriginal talent
Fans of the Aboriginal character Mary G are invited to the Yamaji music festival to see and hear the “Black Queen of the Kimberley” perform next month.
Organiser Catherine Piota said the second First Nations Festival would run from 10am to 10pm at Bundiyarra Aboriginal Corporation’s Eastward Road grounds in Utakarra on Saturday, October 14, with food stalls and local musicians present.
A full day of family cultural activity will include workshops in music, singing, art and clapstick-making with artists-in-residence Gloria Fogarty and Pauline Boddington; and carvers Lance Mangoo and William Hamlett. Ms Piota said Midwest Yamaji Music Aboriginal intended to make the free festival an annual event.
Director Glenys Little said the group wanted to present a unique community festival during the Mid West wildflower season, allowing local artists to showcase their work.
“It will also attract artists from the wider Western Australian community,” she said.
“We are hoping to draw a large number of people this year — both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal local and regional community members.
“The festival will also provide local community organisations and small businesses the opportunity to promote their organisations by having community stalls, food stalls and educational stalls during the day event for the public to enjoy.”
Ms Little said she had the idea for the festival as a way of showcasing young Aboriginal artists, dancers and musicians.
“A lot of them just sit in the backyard and play at home and it goes no further than that,” she said. “I reckon it’ll be a big eye-opener to a lot of people that there’s a lot of great talent there.
“Music is a great pacifier to all ages and a way of spreading our culture further.”
Mary G, who is a radio host, comedian, musician and sought-after keynote speaker, will MC the festival from 3pm.
Trevor Farrell and Carrum Mourambine will perform as the country rock duo Little Turk at the First Nations Festival next month.