Fes­ti­val ex­hibits Abo­rig­i­nal tal­ent

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­off Vi­vian

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.

Pic­ture: Ge­off Vi­vian

Trevor Far­rell and Car­rum Mouram­bine will per­form as the coun­try rock duo Lit­tle Turk at the First Na­tions Fes­ti­val next month.

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