Don’t miss Water to Water Festival at The Briars this year
Traditional Pitjantjatjara Man from the Australian Central Desert, Frank Yamma and Ella Hooper of Killing Heidi fame announced on the line up for Baany to Warrna Ngargee – Water to Water Festival held at The Briars, Mt Martha on 21 March 2015 from 2pm – 9:30pm.
The second Baany to Warrna Ngargee – Water to Water Festival is set to be a cultural explosion as organisers announce Traditional Pitjantjatjara man, Frank Yamma, will join the line up on 21 March on Boon Wurrung country at the glorious Briars Park, Mt Martha.
The festival is a non-profit endeavour, which aims to promote cross-cultural relationships, human rights and diversity. The program will include performers from the Peninsula and different parts of Australia and the globe to mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Harmony Day and Cultural Diversity Week.
Described by the Guardian UK as ‘epic and soulful’, Yamma has toured Australia and internationally, captivating audiences with his heartfelt lyrics in both English and his Pitjantjatjara language.
Australian rock music singer-songwriter, radio presenter and TV personality, Ella Hooper will also be performing at this year’s festival. Hooper won four ARIA Awards in 2000 as a member of Killing Heidi.
Arnhem Land sensation, Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys, will return to the Briars to join local musicians, dancers and artists to honour and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and contemporary cultures. Mornington Peninsula resident and adored niece of Archie Roach, Nola Lauch, will be among the local performers to feature on stage. The Indigenous Hip Hop Projects will perform a high-energy set that is guaranteed to get the audience moving their feet!
Award winning artist Kutcha Edwards will also be on stage. Kutcha,’s
“Music echoes themes of hope, resilience, redemption and joy. A leading voice of the Stolen Generations”
And returning in 2015 to MC the festival’s multi-talented actress Tammy Anderson, a proud Palawa Woman, is an award winning actor/playwright and winner of “The Uncle Jack Charles” Award.
Contemporary Indigenous artists and descendant of the Wirangu language group of the Far West Coast of South Australia, Ben McKeown, also returns in 2015 as the Festival’s Artistic Director.
Children’s activities include didgeridoo playing, canvas painting, book publishing, art workshops, face painting, learning about bush tucker and simply exploring the stunning natural beauty of the Briars park.
There will be opportunities to learn more about the local Indigenous history, art and culture from members of Willum Warrain Gathering Place, Nairm Marr Djambana, Baluk Arts and community members.
Meals will be available from a select group of food vendors, including renowned festival caterer Jerry’s Vegiburgers, local produce and a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.
As part of a broader program, the festival will conduct lead-in events such as workshops and cultural activities in the build up to the main festival day. Indigenous dance and art workshops will run through schools and local community groups.
For further information and tickets see links and contact details below.
An Early Bird Prize Draw featuring some wonderful Mornington Peninsula experience closes at midnight on 15 March.
This is a limited capacity event so get in quick!
Short video clip of the inaugural festival which was held on 29 March 2014 can be viewed Vimeo.com/106463477
For further information and tickets visit the website: www.watertowater.org.au