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Chris Williams welcomes Indigenous culture at the Bleach Festival (Gold Coast)

A descendant of the Wakka Wakka people from Queensland- trumpet and didgeridoo player Chris Williams Source: Supplied

Chris Williams, a world acclaimed Indigenous trumpet and didgeridoo player, is one of the most anticipated performers at the 2020 Bleach Festival at the Gold Coast.

Because of the pandemic the Bleach Festival has been postponed from August to November. Organisers have also reimagined the wildly diverse festival to suit the times by presenting cutting-edge art and music as well as storytelling by local and predominantly First Nations Artists.

In a conversation with NITV Radio, Chris Williams welcomed the event and its new format. He explained that as a resident of the nearby Sunshine Coast, the Bleach Festival feels like a local event for him and he is particularly pleased that organisers have put a special emphasis on Indigenous culture this year.

“It comes as a surprise package; an opportunity to showcase particular aspects of Culture that you may not have exposure to. It is really exciting for some of the artists and musicians and creative artists to showcase their work and have a different platform that they may not have the opportunity to present to the world.”

Over 11 days (12-22 November), the Gold Coast’s beaches, parks, gardens and abandoned buildings, are turned into a spectacular backdrop for contemporary art.

Next weekend Festivalgoers can look out to sea as the sun sets, listening to intimate concerts featuring opera singer Myora Kruger followed by Chris Williams on trumpet and didgeridoo.

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