Fusion of diversity
Residents and visitors of Newman enjoyed a weekend of art, culture, music, food and dance at the Shire of East Pilbara’s 2016 Outback Fusion Festival.
The Outback Fusion Festival took place from September 23-25 and was a celebration of Newman’s cultural diversity.
There are 31 languages spoken and 35 cultures represented in Newman.
The festival was opened at the East Pilbara Arts Centre with a display of art from artist-inresidence Akirash.
The exhibition is a collection of art Akirash created while on a six-week residency in the East Pilbara and will be on display until at the arts centre until October 9.
The fun continued last Saturday with community markets and belly dancing, cooking and Thai massage workshops.
Jazz funk band Junkadelic who make their instruments out of recycled materials held a percussion workshop based on New Orleans street music and hip-hop. On Saturday night, festivalgoers flocked to Boomerang Oval for a night of international music and dance.
There were performances from the Merindas, Blue Shaddy and Junkadelic as well as local groups such as the New Zealand Kapa Haka Group and UBUNTU Afro Dance.
On the final day of the festival, the community was invited to unwind at the Newman Aquatic Centre for an Aussie pool party.
There was also yoga in the park and barefoot bowls for those preferring to stay out of the water.
Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said it was a fantastic event and thanked those who worked hard to make it come together.
“The Shire of East Pilbara is passionate about hosting events like the Outback Fusion Festival because, as a community, it is invaluable that we share and celebrate the cultural differences that make us all Australian and I think we have done that this weekend with much success,” she said.
New Zealand Kapa Haka Group on the Newman World Stage.