Indigenous culture and heritage is the focus of the Booin Gari festival to be held at United Synergies on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Now in its fifth year, the event attracts visitors from across the State, keen to acknowledge and celebrate Indigenous culture in the region. Cultural Advisor and Booin Gari Planning Committee member Bianca Bond said the event’s name - Booin Gari - belonged to the Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) language and means Come This Way.
She said the event is a true opportunity to build positive cross-cultural relationships for all to share in Indigenous culture. The event will feature a range of guest presentations from local community, artists and performers including renowned band Oka. There will also be cultural and art workshops, bush tucker tastings, traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games, dance and didgeridoo workshops.
Especially for the kids there will be a jumping castle, badge making, boomerang painting art workshops and a climbing wall. Support services will provide displays and be available to assist with community information. All activities and performances on the day, including a sausage sizzle and bush tucker will be free. A highlight this year will be an exhibition of young Indigenous talent in music, dance and art called Sounds Like Me.
A series of Sounds Like Me workshops are currently being held for Indigenous young people across the Coast as an opportunity to connect with their culture and explore their feelings of their identity. Event organiser Warren Boadle said Booin Gari provides an opportunity for Indigenous young people and their families to come together and celebrate their culture and share it with the broader Sunshine Coast community.
The event is now entrenched as an annual event on the Sunshine Coast calendar with attendance numbers continuing to grow each year. Booin Gari is hosted by United Synergies at its 14 Ernest Street, Tewantin premises between 10.00am and 2.00 pm. The event is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland Government Department of Communities Regional Arts Development Fund, Arts Queensland and Festivals Australia.
2012 Booin Gari Festival
Location: United Synergies, 12-14 Ernest Street Tewantin
Time: 10: 00 am and 2:00 pm
United Synergies, 12-14 Ernest Street Tewantin, Tewantin
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