Updated: October 25, 2012
Festival for the Kimberley
FRIDAY 8th MARCH
Broome takes over Sydney’s Martin Place
The Festival for the Kimberley will transform Sydney’s Martin Place into the Broome markets, replicating the vibrant atmosphere of Australia’s first truly multicultural society, the stalls, the colour and the entertainment, all day Friday, March 8, from morning to evening.
Enjoy live music, dancers, speakers, camels, a life-size whale puppet, a sneak film preview, organic food, mango smoothies, beer and wine from Western Australia and more.
On the music side, there will be:
- 2012 ARIA Awards nominees Paul Greene & the Other Colours (1.30pm).
- Rhythm Hunters mix Japanese Taiko drumming with Aceh influences (1pm).
- Arnhemland singer-songwriter Gambirra who was Unearthed by Triple J (5.20pm).
- Gondwana pianist Pasko (12.20pm).
- The “Fijian Jack Johnson”, Knox (5.55pm).
- Sye McRitchie (8.15am), The Barefoot Band (6.30pm) and loads of street musicians fromPlaying for Change, whose global band will play Bluesfest and support Robert Plant.
Other attractions include:
- Australia’s largest organic restaurant, Agape, will be serving a Broome-inspired menu.
- Preview of Kimberley animated film Lurujarri Dreaming (2pm).
- Camels (like on Broome’s Cable Beach).
- Lifesize spouting whale puppet.
- Lifesize dinosaur footprints as found along the Kimberley coast.
- Many speakers including Telstra chairman and environmentalist Geoffrey Cousins.
- Market stalls, and Western Australian beer and wine served in the evening.
The festival aims to highlight the incredibly multicultural laidback lifestyle of Broome (one of the few places to escape the White Australia policy) and the spectacular Kimberley, which is under threat from industrial development.
The Kimberley has Australia’s most pristine coastline, home to the world’s largest humpback whale nursery and threatened dolphins, sea turtles and dugongs.
But it is now threatened as oil and gas giants Woodside, Shell, BP, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and Mitsui plan to build a gas processing plant on the stunning red cliffs of James Prices Point, a significant indigenous heritage site and home to the longest chain of dinosaur footprints on the planet.
More than 20,000 people attended last weekend’s Concert for the Kimberley in Fremantle with the John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins, and thousands are expected to attend the Festival of the Kimberley in Sydney as people become more aware of this threatened iconic landscape.
Wilderness Society Kimberley Campaign Manager Glen Klatovsky said: “The Kimberley faces an historic moment. Will it retain its unique social and environmental heritage, or will it become another industrial zone? Some of the key decision makers reside in Sydney’s CBD. Today is a first step in telling this extraordinary story to the people of our largest and most powerful city.”
Broome is an incredibly vibrant community that escaped the White Australia policy, a multicultural melting pot of indigenous, European, Japanese and Malay culture.
Many of the artists appearing at Festival for the Kimberley are of indigenous extraction from around the Asia-Pacific, including Arnhemland, Aceh and Fiji, and all are concerned with preserving the environment and indigenous heritage.
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For more information, please contact:
The Wilderness Society Sydney Inc
Postal address: PO Box K249 Haymarket, NSW, 1240
Suite 402, Level 4, 64-76 Kippax St,
Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Phone: 02 9282 9553