Arts Programmer Rhoda Robert's vision for the Boomerang festival on her own Bundjalung country was realised over the weekend at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just north of Byron Bay.
By
Nancia Guivarra

Source:
NITV News
7 Oct 2013 - 4:28 PM  UPDATED 7 Oct 2013 - 6:32 PM

Performing artist Ghenoa Gela, along with Darren Compton and Medika Thorpe led a huge crowd to dance, Move it Mob Style at the Boomerang Festival on the weekend.    

Arts Programmer Rhoda Robert said it was a new beginning for Indigenous arts and a return of culture to the people.

The inaugural festival drew an estimated crowd of 5,000 people over three days to enjoy music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, visual arts and talks. 

Gurrumul Yunupingu performed with Blue King Brown's 'Natalie Pap'apa', while the Wantok Sing Sing's performance on Saturday evening featured Frank Yamma along with spectacular dances from around the world, including the Torres Strait Islander dancers from Brisbane, Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Troupe.

Archie Roach launched 'Creation', his latest boxed album CD which sums up 20 years of his music.

The festival included star performers the Chooky Dancers, Djakapurra Munyarryun, the Arawak Custodians, Warren H. Williams with John Williamson and surrounding perfomers from the Wiradjuri, Gumbaynggir and Gamilaroi peoples.  International acts included latin reggae icon, Quique Neira.

And Murri acts, Busby Marou, the Medics and Slip on Stereo held great audiences.

Along with talks and visual arts, Boomerang launched its international Indigenous Film Festival with 'Reel INjun', a documentary investigation into the portrayal of Native American Indians in more than 4,000 Hollywood films.

And despite earlier protestations about low ticket sales, Bluesfest collaborator Pete Noble today declared the festival was his greatest festival success to date.   

Given its outstanding start, one thing for sure this Boomerang Festival is definitely coming back.