Boomerang Festival announce special lineup by Chryss Carr 3 July 2013
oday Boomerang Festival – a Festival for all All Australians, to be held at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, NSW, the home of Bluesfest, on the long weekend Friday 4th to Sunday 6th of October - adds a unique collaboration of artists who simply said: warrant their own very special announcement. In an extraordinary concert, coming to Boomerang from its success at London’s Olympic Festival during the Games and their two sell out performances at The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall in March, we are thrilled to present Wantok SING SING performing Wan Solwara Pipel. The London Olympic Festival was a truly Olympian feat featuring 25,000 artists from all 204 competing Olympic nations. Representing Oceania was Wantok:
Musical Director David Bridie
Albert David. All images supplied
SING SING in an unforgettable concert that drew rave reviews from the media and standing ovations from the audience. Outside of its two sell out performances at the Sydney Opera House last March Australia has waited expectantly to experience the music of the Indigenous people of Oceania in their joyous fusion of music and dance. Boomerang Festival is proud to present all 17 members featuring their sublime world grooves, powerful mix of drumming, amazing vocals, Samoan street hip hop, reggae, dance and much more. Featuring artists, dancers and musicians from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, The Torres Strait Islands, The Cook Islands (Raratonga) and Indigenous Australians including Frank Yamma, Djakapurra, accompanied by the amazing George Telek (Papua New Guinea), Vika and Linda Bull (Tonga), Airileke (Papua New Guinea), Albert David, Mariwo (Torres Strait Islands), Kas Futialo (Samoa), Tieni Ruapene
(Rarotonga) - seventeen on stage in full costume under the musical direction of David Bridie. This star studded line up will introduce you to the rhythm of PNG, Pacifica and the long drums of Melanesia like you have never witnessed before and for those gathered at Boomerang this may well be a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. David Jones, Serious UK, on SING SING 2012: “Something like 22,000 saw the two shows - and everyone without exception LOVED it. This is a
show I could recommend to anyone in the world... With amazing artists like Telek, Djakapurra, Vika & Linda Bull and Frank Yamma to name just a few of the major musicians within Sing Sing, the most impressive element of all was the extraordinary power of the whole ensemble, which thrilled everyone who heard it” Uplifting, exhilarating - Wantok: SING SING with the celebrated show titled Wan Solwara Pipel is an epic journey that follows the songlines of the Indigenous peoples of Oceania in an exuberant fusion of music and dance. Join the Pacific region’s most significant artists as they take to the stage in a powerful mix . The diverse line up of Boomerang Festival has some unexpected surprises in its holistic program. No other event quite matches the exchanges our audiences will experience. This is another release in a series of announcements designed to present the absolute best of the best of world Indigenous music, and much more, in a ground breaking line up. Boomerang Festival is a shining beacon for Australians to gather and celebrate our Indigenous cultures from our part of the world – and more. Boomerang Festival aims to be accessible; with early bird offers we feature an array of music, dance, theatre, comedy, film and visual arts, along with cultural knowledge exchanges and thought provoking conversations Boomerang Festival 2013 Line
SING SING Wan Solwara Pipel Scott Welsh
Wantok SING SING
Up: • Wantok SING SING Performing Wan Solwara Pipel at Boomerang on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of October. • Gurrumul with The Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra • Archie Roach with Lou Bennett, Emma Donovan & Deline Briscoe and a TenPiece Ensemble • Ernie Dingo – Shellie Morris • Sean Choolburra’s 50 Shades of Black – Thelma Plum – The Medics • Tammy Anderson’s I Don’t Wanna Play House – Larissa Behrendt • Film Screening of Butcher Paper, Texta, Blackboard and Chalk – Arakwal Dancers Limited three day and single day early bird tickets are now on sale through www.boomerangfestival.
com.au or by phoning the Boomerang Festival office on 02 6685 8310. Boomerang Festival 2013 October 4 – 6, 2013 Tyagarah Tea Farm, Byron Bay www.boomerangfestival.com.au
Vika and Linda
SING SING Wan Solwara Pipel Sophie Howarth
Today Boomerang Festival – a Festival for all All Australians, to be held at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, NSW, the home of Bluesfest...