Iwarra Wilungga Festival Set for Spectacular Finale

This Saturday, April 6, marks the grand finale of this year’s Iwarra Wilungga festival, with the main event set to unfold at the Queens Park Theatre. The festival, celebrating Aboriginal art and culture, will culminate in a concert featuring performances by acclaimed musicians, showcasing the vibrant talent of Indigenous artists. Iwarra Wilungga Festival Set for Spectacular Finale

Headlining the concert is Anangu and Torres Strait Islander musician Miiesha, known for her soulful and powerful vocals. Joining her on stage will be a lineup of talented artists, including Geraldton local Born2Sing, Murchison’s Fred Ryan Band, and the Pilbara’s Bradley Hall Band.

Mayor Jerry Clune of the City of Greater Geraldton expressed excitement for the festival’s finale, highlighting the dedication of city staff and community stakeholders in organizing the event. He emphasized the significance of Iwarra Wilungga in spotlighting the richness of Aboriginal culture in the Mid West region and fostering reconciliation efforts.

Acknowledging the support of Tourism WA, Mayor Clune extended gratitude for their contribution to making the festival possible.

The event, supported by the State Government’s Regional Event Scheme, promises to showcase Aboriginal culture through various activities such as traditional cuisine, boomerang painting, and basket weaving. Attendees can also enjoy dance performances, including Yamatji dancer Lucia Richardson and the Binmaga Dance Group.

The festival’s attractions commenced last month with a series of events, including the On Country photo exhibition, live poetry readings, Aboriginal art exhibitions, craft workshops, and markets. The photo exhibition at the Geraldton Museum and the display of poems at Geraldton Library will continue until late April, offering extended opportunities for engagement with Aboriginal culture.

The Saturday schedule for the festival includes a welcome to country, smoking ceremony, didgeridoo performance, poetry reading, and dance performances by the Binmaga Dance Group. The evening will be filled with live music performances by local bands, culminating in Miiesha’s headline act.

Iwarra Wilungga promises a day of celebration, cultural immersion, and artistic excellence, inviting visitors to experience the richness and diversity of Aboriginal art and culture in the Mid West region.

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Source: https://www.geraldtonguardian.com.au/news/geraldton-guardian/iwarra-wilungga-festival-to-show-local-indigenous-culture-this-weekend-in-geraldton-c-14180828

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