If you can get to Bruny Island, Tasmania at short notice start planning your trip now as the Nayri Niara (Good Spirit) Festival is taking place from 5-7 April and is an event not to be missed.
Nayri Niara is a 3-day Indigenous music, arts and culture festival which has been curated by Artistic Director Ruth Langford. Ruth is a passionate local Aboriginal woman (Palawa / Yorta Yorta) who is a community, environmental and social justice educator and facilitator, musician and founder of Nayri Niara Centre for the Arts of Healing. She has put together a fantastic program which includes music, workshops, art exhibitions, speakers and films.
Set in the tranquil Great Bay the festival will be intimate and experiential.
Featuring Emma Donovan, Dewayne Everettsmith, Xavier Rudd and Oka – Nayri Niara promises to delight the music loving, festival going, experience seeking, knowledge savvy person.
The music program features well-known Aboriginal and Pacific Islander performers who will be in Tasmania for a week prior to the festival as the Musicians-In- Residence working with local young musicians to develop their performance skills and experience.
Another special project is Songs for Life: Emma Donovan and Deline Briscoe will mentor 3 rising young women singer song writers and collaborate to create a women’s song cycle based on the poetry of important Aboriginal cultural custodian Karen Brown, whose poems have provided the community with significant social commentary for over 50 years.
Local Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Custodians will be running workshops and creating installations in kelp weaving, bark canoe making and dance.
There will also be films, weaving workshops, children’s creative arts and circus workshops, men’s and women’s healing circles, artist exhibitions, featuring photographs of Ricky Maynard and traditional dance circles.
And, finally, there are speakers, elders and healers from remote communities who will be yarning and sharing in workshops based around the theme of ‘Re-Claiming the Sacred Self, looking at ancient and modern forms of health, well-being, healing and spirituality practices. Bob Randall, an elder from Uluru
Ngangkerre Traditional Healers from Akeyulerre Healing Centre (Alice Springs) will share their local Bush Medicines.
Frank Ansell, nungkari and lawman from Eastern Arrernte desert country.
For more information and to purchase tickets head to : http://www.nayriniara.com/