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Traditional cultures awaken Woodford

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Indigenous acts, including the Narasirato Pan Pipers from the Solomon Islands, will perform at The Dreaming festival at Woodford over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Indigenous acts, including the Narasirato Pan Pipers from the Solomon Islands, will perform at The Dreaming festival at Woodford over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

The rich and diverse cultures of indigenous peoples will be displayed in the upcoming The Dreaming festival at Woodford.

The festival, dubbed the winter equivalent to the Woodford Folk Festival, will awaken the region with a celebration of song, dance and culture.

The Dreaming is a vibrant destination where local, national and international audiences look forward to their annual ceremony time, along with the most comprehensive showcase of indigenous arts from across the country and around the world.

The three-day, four-night festival will have performing arts venues, bars, ceremony grounds, traditional healing, galleries, rituals, campfire story circles and a mass of stalls, workshop avenue and food outlets.

Presented by the Queensland Folk Federation, and under the direction of Sam Cook, the program will also feature literature, performing arts, new media and digital technologies, food and wine fare and film screenings.

Also on the line-up is comedy, ceremony, exhibitions, physical theatre, visual arts and music from the likes of King Kapisi, Dan Sultan, Last Kinnection, Shellie Morris, Archie Roach, Digging Roots and Stevie Salas, one of the top 50 guitarists of all time, supporting Janet Panic.

Now in its sixth year, The Dreaming will be held at Woodfordia over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, from 11-14 June.

Visit http://www.thedreamingfestival.com/ or phone 5496 1066.

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