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Sydney Opera House presents Homeground – First Artists Announced

October 10, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

After a successful debut in April 2014, Homeground returns to the Sydney Opera House on 22-23 November as part of Corroboree Sydney. Homeground is a free outdoor festival held on the Western Broadwalk, celebrating the music, dance and culture of Australian and international Indigenous peoples.

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Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “Homeground is a wonderful celebration of Indigenous culture from across Australia and around the world. The Opera House is a magical setting and we want as many people as possible to come and join us. We are also delighted the festival is part of this year’s Corroboree Sydney program.”

Sydney Opera House Head of Indigenous Programming Rhoda Roberts said: “You don’t have to be an expert on world music to enjoy the Opera House’s latest offering of free events, you just need to love a bit of rhythm, relax and take in the view over the weekend. Vibrant, fun and at times edgy, Homeground is dance and music from Australia’s heartland of first peoples, with a smattering of global cultures that will spark your imagination and have you on your feet wanting more.

Headlining Homeground in November, Dan Sultan returns to Sydney from a successful UK and USA tour. An ARIA, Deadly and AIR award winner, Dan’s latest album Blackbird sees powerhouse riffs met by crackling gospel interludes, old-school rock and roll jams, pure country tones and aching ballads. Blackbird has been nominated for five ARIA awards, including Album of the Year. The past few months have seen the Melbourne artist deliver smouldering live performances – both in support of Bruce Springsteen and on his own Blackbird tour headline dates.

Victorian Australian of the Year 2015 finalist, Richard Franklandreturns to the Sydney stage with a guitar in hand and joined by The Charcoal Club. Renowned for their bluesy folk ballads and sense of humour The Charcoal Club sing about freedom and Richard’s extraordinary life as a child abattoir-worker, a young soldier, a fisherman and a field officer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Canadian husband and wife songwriting team Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish, aka Digging Roots, will explore a unique mix of roots, alternative, hip-hop and reggae, with bluesy overtones. Their latest project, For The Light, is rich with subtle references and sounds of their Indigenous roots. The lyrics tell of travellers, troublemakers, lovers and freedom fighters.

The full program of events for Homeground will be announced 21 October.

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