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29 March 2014, The Briars, Mount Martha, Mornington Peninsula

*Archie Roach to perform at The Mornington Peninsula’€™s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and cultural festival*

The Inaugural Baany to Warrna Ngargee is a groundbreaking Indigenous music and cultural festival in the Mornington Peninsula.  The festival is a non-profit endeavor designed to promote cross-cultural awareness, bringing Indigenous and non’€Indigenous people together in a vibrant, family-friendly outdoor event where Indigenous music, art, dance and culture will be showcased.

Baany to Warrna, gets its name from the local Boon Wurrung word meaning water and an Indigenous language group from the West Coast of South Australia, where festival Artistic Director, Ben McKeown hails from. Maintaining language is important to identity and culture and the expression ‘€˜water to water’€™ represents unity, sharing and collaborations.

Many people are unaware of the significant Indigenous population living on the Mornington Peninsula (approx. 1000). The festival will provide a welcoming environment for all people to share and celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Australia’€™s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and engage with the local Indigenous population and others from all walks of life. The festival program will run from 2pm to 10pm and will include both traditional and contemporary musicians and dancers, bush tucker, boomerang painting, arts and crafts and Indigenous storytelling. Headlining the concert program is renowned Victorian singer and songwriter, Archie Roach. Mornington Peninsula musician and artist, Nola Lauch, will also perform, along with lyrical storyteller, Mau Power, from the Torres Strait, Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys and many more.

Children’€™s activities include didgeridoo classes, Indigenous arts and crafts, face-painting and circus activities.

Food will be a combination of traditional and contemporary fare.

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. Supreme Court Judge, Justice Kevin Bell, will deliver an oration and participate in a Q&A session on constitutional recognition at the Briars Historic Homestead at 2pm, prior to the commencement of the music program. This will be a unique opportunity to discuss contemporary human rights issues directly with Justice Bell, Indigenous elders and the other esteemed members of the panel.

Media Contact: Julie Buxton; Tel: 0403 461 244

If you would like to download a copy of the Festival flyer you can do so HERE