Fu­sion of di­ver­sity

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Picture: Serene Bed­lam Pho­tog­ra­phy

New Zealand Kapa Haka Group on the New­man World Stage.

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