Boomerang Festival, associated with Bluesfest 2017, is a world first. Never has an global Indigenous festival - bringing together Australian Aboriginal and its Indigenous global neighbours together - of this holistic calibre been so accessible.
Last weekend Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay on Bundjalung land celebrated world cultures, mother tongues and first instruments. Boomerang festival featured an array of music, dance, theatre, comedy, film and visual arts, along with cultural knowledge exchanges and thought provoking conversations.
Hosted by the oldest living culture, festival director, Rhoda Roberts says,
"It is our cultural responsibility to ensure the authenticity, control and authorship of the event reflects the depth and diversity of our cultures, rituals and arts practices.
It is essential that the festival program represents remote, rural and regional Australia along with international and often unseen First Nation global music and culture. This is an essential ingredient to what gives Boomerang its edge but faces costly challenges due to the nature of distances and travel expenses."
All photography by Orlando Sydney