The Dreaming


Australia’s International Indigenous Festival
11-14 June, 2010. Woodford, Queensland, Australia

The Dreaming Festival is an annual festival celebrating the cultural diversity of Indigenous cultures, presenting over 200 high profile Indigenous acts from Australia and around the World.

Three days and four nights of concerts, theatre, dance, speakers and film, complete with ceremony grounds, traditional healing, art galleries, rituals, fire story circles, and workshops across nine venues and eight galleries. The festival offers an intimate Indigenous experience with an embracing atmosphere described by audiences as awakening, enriching, inspiring and deadly.

The Dreaming has become known for presenting acts of international significance and as an annual ceremony time where people connect, celebrate and are intrigued by the spirit of The Dreaming.

(Excerpts taken from press release.)

Highlights from the festival:

Rako Dancers
Saturday 12 June, 6:00pm – 6:30pm at The Dingo Shed
Sunday 13 June, 6:30pm – 7:00pm at the ceremony grounds

Rako literally means “a place of learning” and is a collective of performing artists representing Fiji and the region, celebrating Pacific heritage. Traditional dances are enhanced by resplendent costume and fluid movement influenced by the beautiful environs from which they come.

Artists In The Black : How do we protect Indigenous Culture?
Saturday 12 June, 11:30am – 12:30pm at The Dingo Shed
Artists and lawyers will join forces to explore whether we need to do more to stop the exploitation of Indigenous culture both here and internationally. Are Australian laws good enough? How do codes and protocols work? Why is the UN considering an international treaty for protection of Indigenous culture? What are the practical implications for artists? So many questions, so little time. This is a panel of arts-workers and those who work within the industry, laying down policy and reform. Join Trish Adjei Indigenous Lawyer, Lydia Miller Director ATSIAB Australia Council, Rita Pryce professional dancer and choreographer, Shellie Morris professional singer/songwriter and Bianca Beetson visual artist in this fascinating and informative panel facilitated by Arts Law Executive, Director Robyn Ayres.

Stereotype This!
Sunday 13 June, 1:15pm at Little Blak Duck
From film to literature to theatre to design, Indigenous people have had a set of archetypes placed upon their identity, many of which have held fast to become practically unshakeable. Often these depictions are generated by non-Indigenous practitioners, sometimes from within our own communities. Panellists will each present their top three stereotypes and look at how we affirm and define our depictions across mediums. Speakers Dillon Kombumerri, Candace Wilde and Rachael Maza-Long have much to bring to the debate.

Pollywood Short Series
Sunday 13 June, 1:30pm – 4:00pm at Kula Films
• Chief
• Turtle and Shark
• The Trophy
• In Search of Bigfoot
• Transmit
• Brown is the Flavour
• O Le Pe’a
• He Kitenga Kanohi: A Face That Is Seen

Pasifika Gallery
Gallery opens every day from 8:00am to 9:00pm

Beatboxing with King Kapisi
Monday 14 June, 9:15am – 9:50am at The Dingo Shed
Ever tried explaining to a friend what your favourite tune sounds like? Or wondered how it is possible to sound like a DJ spinning away on his vinyls? From live percussion bands to the sounds of trumpets, learn the basics and passion behind Beatboxing with King Kapisi. Enjoy vocal lessons with a twist, and start your road to becoming a one-man band. Hydration needed. No booking required.

Rotuman Tapa Cloth Printing with Pasifika Gallery
Saturday 13 June, 10:00am – 11:30am at the Workshop Tents
Monday 14 June, 10:00am – 11:30am at the Workshop Tents
The traditional art of tapa printing has adorned chiefly Pacific bodies for centuries. Our young, contemporary artists have now adapted this ancient skill to utilise in their art which enables them to share it with others. Join the Pacific artists to learn the art of tapa printing and stencilling. To avoid disappointment, book on-line or at the Workshop Registration Tent at least half an hour before the workshop. The cost of workshop is $30 per person and all materials are supplied.

Radical Son
Friday 11 June, 2:00am at Nomads Palace
Saturday 12 June, 7:10pm at alterNATIVE Lounge
Sunday 13 June, 1:05pm at Nomads Palace
Monday 14 June, 5:45pm at BlakTracks
From hip-hop roots through to soulful social statement Radical Son is a singer/songwriter from Australia like no other. Effortlessly crossing genres and blending spoken word, tender crooning and caustic rhymes, Radical is influenced by his Aboriginal Australian Kamilaroi and Pacific Islander Tonga roots. His often poignant lyrics chart a course from hopelessness to healing, mercilessly deconstructing what is and imagining what could be.

Saturday 12 June, 5:00pm at BlakTracks
Sunday 13 June, 10:30pm at alterNATIVE Lounge

Beautiful harmonies, great songs, sass, sincerity and soul to spare, Ngaiire brings her powerful voice to the world. Hailing from the deep jungles of Papua New Guinea Ngaiiri has such an intense presence that it’s hard not to be drawn into the world she creates on stage.

What: The Dreaming Festival
When: 11-14 June, 2010
Where: Woodford, Queensland, Australia

For ticket prices and more details about the festival and programmes, see The Dreaming website here.

All images via The Dreaming Festival

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