• Wagana dance group in rehearsals for Boomerang Concert.
First Nations musicians have arrived at the Sydney Opera House for the launch of Homeground Festival tomorrow night.
By
Tara Callinan

Source:
NITV News
4 Apr 2014 - 5:38 PM  UPDATED 4 Apr 2014 - 6:17 PM

The Festival will showcase a unique collaboration of song, music and dance from Indigenous cultures across Australia and the world.

"It’s part of our commitment to really engaging with not only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures of Australia but also showcasing what's around the world with other first nations groups" said head of Indigenous programming at the Sydney Opera House, Rhoda Roberts.

Award-winning Gaelic group, Breabach says the project has unearthed the similarities between Aboriginal and Scottish culture.

"One thing that we've shared with each other is that there is a history where there has been a threat to the culture and the amazing thing about this collaboration, the Boomerang Project, is that we’re celebrating that this culture still exists," said Breabach member Calum MacCrimmon.

Ms Roberts's hopes the showcase will encourage the Federal Government to commit more funding towards Indigenous arts programs.

"For a long time we often see when money is cut it's always of the arts budget, but for Australians we are starting to recognise that perhaps our DNA of our cultural make-up includes the oldest living culture in the world and indeed the most adaptive culture in the world and that indeed is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, and it’s what international visitors want. They want that Indigenous experience,” said Ms Roberts.

Following this weekend’s showcase, the musicians and dancers will head to Scotland to perform at the 2014 commonwealth games in Glasgow.