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October 23, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

The Sydney Opera House has today released the full program for Homeground, a free outdoor festival celebrating the music, dance and culture of Australian and international Indigenous peoples taking place on the Western Broadwalk 22 -23 November, 2014 as part of Corroboree Sydney. 

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Joining the already impressive line-up of Dan Sultan, Richard Frankland & the Charcoal Club and Digging Roots are some of the most exciting musicians, dancers and comedians from across the country.

Self-taught guitarist Chris Tamwoy was raised by his grandmother on Badu Island in the Torres Strait and recently stunned the music world, when a TedX video showed Tamwoy playing his guitar by flipping it onto his lap, tapping the frets to create a unique sound.

OKA is a Sunshine Coast collective that have taken music festivals the world-over by storm, with their unique blend of dub, roots, reggae and world music, inspired by their local Australian Indigenous heritage.

Victorian singer/songwriter Benny Walker is widely regarded as one of the country’s best young storytellers, performing his songs about the land and people with a genuine passion for his craft. Walker was recognised as Best New Talent at the 2012 Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Awards and has played alongside some of Australia’s favourite artists, including Archie Roach, Blue King Brown and Tim Rogers.

Teddy Lewis King aka TLK (Sarah Bennett, Mitch King and Blake Rhodes) are a 3-piece urban soul and hip-hop outfit from Lismore. Their heavy-hitting rhymes, soulful melodies and energetic live shows have seen them play alongside the likes of Justice Crew, Casey Donovan and Troy Cassar Daley.

With a deeply soulful and hauntingly beautiful voice, Ursula Yovich  has performed as a soloist in prestigious venues in London and New York and starred in successful Australian films and TV productionsRedfern Now, Jindabyne and Australia. Yovich’s stage work has brought numerous accolades and awards, including five Helpmann nominations. She was recently named as one of the ‘Top 21 most iconic Women of the Australian Stage, Page and Screen’ by The Age.

Bow and Arrow are husband and wife duo, Mindy Jane and Mitchell Kwanten, two former Sydney Conservatorium of Music students that have been travelling the same musical journey for almost 15 years. Over that time they have harnessed a unique live sound comprising traditional tribal rhythms, electro-beats and live sampling, complemented by Mindy’s distinctive vocal-styling.

Part of a movement currently introducing Maori music, art and culture to the world, Jerome Kavanagh is dedicated to the renaissance and preservation of Taonga Puoro, traditional Maori instruments. These instruments evoke the sounds of nature and have been used for centuries in sacred rituals and to pass on ancestral stories. Following a recent performance at NYC’s Carnegie’s Hall, Jerome will be accompanied at Homeground by fellow musician Matiu Te Maire and vocalist Skyla Love, to bring this ancient first nation art-form to life.

Breabach are one of the world’s finest exponents of traditional Scottish folk music, intertwining  highland bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, bass, flute, bouzouki and step dance, to produce a truly captivating slice of traditional Gaelic culture. Breabach played at the inaugural Homeground in April as part of the Boomerang Concert which went on the wow audiences at Culture 2014, the arts and music festival alongside the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow.

Australian/New Zealand sibling trio Kids of Leo started singing from the age of 2 and were trained by their father Ben Leo, who gained national success in New Zealand vocal harmony group Purest Form. The trio consists of Raein (8), Freeman (7) and Jacob (5), all of whom manage to reach vocal heights well beyond their years.

Originally from Townsville, Sean Chulbora won the NSW Raw Comedy Final, performed all over the world with the Bangarra Dance Company and has performed at the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Choolburra’s performances are truly Australian and his stories told with a proud indigenous voice, blending Sean’s many talents  – Sean is a comedian, dancer, storyteller, actor, hip-hop artist – to create an experience that is unique in the local performing arts world.

Brisbane based Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) is a training organisation dedicated to the development of indigenous performing artists. Young dancers from ACPA will appear throughout the weekend at the Dancestry grounds – Homeground’s sand circle stage.

Founded over 30 years ago the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) is devoted to the development of contemporary Indigenous dance. Their performance of the Bungal (dance) will feature a series of dances by 35 developing artists and renowned cultural tutors who will also conduct workshops.

Based in Fiji, Rako is an artistic movement formed by a group of Rotuman and Polynesian artists to recapture and revive ancient art forms and stories, but with the freedom to create new work without boundaries.

Alongside the packed schedule of performances the Bennelong Walk Guided Tour is a bespoke tour exclusively for Homeground taking in the sacred indigenous history surrounding the land of the Gadigal – where the Sydney Opera House now sits. Perfect for all ages to learn and absorb the rich and ancient culture engraved in the Sydney Opera House and its history.

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