A breezy Sunday evening (March 2019) on the lawns for the World Music Festival.
Featuring live music, cultural foods, a bar, workshops & activities this event is welcoming and inclusive of everyone!
In celebration and recognition of Mildura’s diverse communities, Fringe bought together a music, performance and participation festival that worked directly to creating greater social inclusion cultural awareness. Held at the D’vine shed, Irymple, the festival programmed:
Ajak Kwai – singing in Arabic, Sudanese or English, Ajak conjures a vivid picture of her Dinka heritage. Music is the vehicle for her stories of extraordinary life experiences as a refugee, exiled from her home and her family. Her moving tales of exile, hope, freedom, love, and cows – beloved animals of the Dinka – in turn reflect her optimism and belief in the best of human nature.
Kekoson – Cuban sounds, Australia’s premier Latin band, with a nod to the Buena Vista through its strong Cuban Son foundations. Theirs is the only traditional Cuban band to be recognised by the Cuban Ambassador in Australia. The energetic and talented group of musicians research and promote rhythmic Afro Latin styles and have a whole lot of fun with it along the way.
Bashka – Drawing their inspiration from the vast ocean of Turkish music, creating a new genre which slips between east and west with natural ease. Musically spanning two continents and many centuries Bashka explore the contrast between east and west, composed and improvised, original and traditional, acoustic and digital.
In addition, the festival featured:
– Five Mildura based community groups to perform cultural arts or performance from their communities: Tristate Wontoks (Solomon Islands), Pascale Tarentella (Italy), Baarkindji youth dance group (Australia), Sunraysia Mugisha Dancers (Burundi), Drumming Circle by Sunraysia Arts & Learning (Australia),
– And further provided five participatory / cultural offerings to the community: Henna hand painting (Afghanistan), Live Mural Painting by Cultivator (NZ), Weaving workshop with Aunty Clair Bates (Indigenous Australian).
This event is presented by Arts Mildura and supported by Creative Victoria, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Mildura Rural City Council, TASCO Petroleum, Mildura District Aboriginal Services, Sunraysia Daily, Devilees, Park Douglas Printing and the D’Vine Shed.