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Location: First Nations, Bazaar, Dancehall
Spinning yarns, droppin’ rhymes, celebrating culture from the beginning of time.
What’s your First Nations experience? Our Jinibara custodians invite you to weave your way through workshops
and galleries, and sample the arts and crafts of Australia’s Indigenous people. Observe the dances handed down
through generations from South East Queensland to the Torres Strait. Listen to the stories of Elders as they
breathe life into the campfre memories of old. Dance your moom/noorah/din off to Dubmarine and Spacifx, get
the Blues with Buddy Knox Band and re-heat your appreciation of quality performance through Microwave Jenny.
Step globally to Metis rock balladeer Holly McNarland, be transformed by the supreme talents of New Caledonia’s
fnest, the mesmerising Ykson, and feel the rhythms of Ecuador with Choclo y la Orgia Cosmica. Feast on a funk-
pot of thumpin’ guitars and soulful chocolatey goodness. We’ve got world-class artists on our stages including
one of the world’s top 50 guitarists of all time, Stevie Salas, alongside Bernard Fowler – longtime performer with
the Rolling Stones, and Geoffrey Williams, whose songwriting features on Michael Jackson’s quintuple platinum
album Invincible (2001). Want more? Daily conversations on the Red Couch with artists, including Getano Bann
and Leah Flanagan, explore what moves them as artists - their hopes, their dreams and greatest achievements.
So – what’s your First Nations experience?
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Location: Folklorica, Concert, The Grande
This programme touches the cultural heart – the heart connected to the sacred, to ritual and celebratory
traditions of music and dance. The rhythm of this cultural heart once beat strongly in the ancient and mediaeval
worlds. In some places, the pulse has faded due to invasions and lifestyle changes, while elsewhere it has
fourished by being sustained or revived by families and communities immersed in the strengths of their culture.
Folklines performers carry the lineage and enthusiasm for their cultural traditions. They are a shining light in the
compromised cultural landscape of infotainment and cyber kitsch. These artists and communities are keenly
aware of the importance of maintaining cultural vibrancy and see a place for their traditions in a modern world.
Performances connected to the Ritual Cultural Heart include the wedding music and dance traditions of Gypsy
cultures from Moscow to Slovakia and Macedonia, the nomad music of Central Asia, dances from Bali and
the centuries old Japanese traditions of Shamisen and Taiko drumming. The Sacred Cultural Heart is revealed
through music from India on bansuri fute, and from Tibet in the form of prayer chants and mantras. Delight in
a series of cultural cabarets: Orientale Raqs Shaqi belly dance and Middle Eastern music in Kabaret Kazbah;
European music and dance in Eurovision Kaoss Cabaret hosted by the extravagantly moustached neo Balkan
music duo Shopska Salata; Latin dance from Brazil, Bolivia and Cuba in Latina Dance Cabaretta and newer
cultural styles emerging from Africa are represented in the African Cultural Cabaret. All these performances
connect to lines of tradition. These lines – Folklines – enrich our culture in so many ways, seen and unseen.
Location: Dancehall, The Grande
Lovers of roots, reggae, hip hop, dub and dancehall are in for a treat this year with late night irie sessions hosted
by top selectas and artists from across the globe. Come sweat it out to the good old dancehall vibes mashing
it up inna modern sound system culture. Dancehall is at the centre of Jamaican musical and cultural life. From
its roots in Kingston in the 1950s to its heyday in the 1980s, Dancehall has gone on to conquer the globe. The
origins of dub and reggae trace back to 1950s Kingston, Jamaica, where local DJs would load pickup trucks with
turntables, PA systems and massive speakers to create mobile ‘soundsystems’ for street parties and concerts ...
‘Ska, Jamaica’s frst original pop music, was then slowed down one incredibly hot summer by rocksteady, which
established the bass-heavy sound, shortly thereafter igniting the birth of reggae. And in whatever directions the
music next developed, including roots and culture, deejaying and dub, the sound system was always the driving
force, the seismograph of the audience’s needs, the speaker’s corner for many voices and opinions, test track
and maiden fight for every technical innovation ...’ (The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture, Beth Lesser, Soul
Andrea Kirwin (left)
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