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Welcome Ceremony Concert

Debe Neur — Women of Strength and Beauty

Powerhouse Theatre

Free for all two or three day ticket holders, limited places available, register to attend

WOW at Festival 2018 will kick off with a Traditional Welcome Ceremony for guests by custodian, Songwoman Maroochy Barambah of the Turrbal People. Joined by local community representatives and dancers, Maroochy will then welcome our visiting guest artists from First Nation’s communities of the Commonwealth of Nations, Vou (Fiji), Digging Roots (Canada), Mihirangi (New Zealand) in a call and response, interspersed with local stories unique to the site and region.

This will be followed by a tribute to female creativity, diversity, strength and endurance, some of Australia’s most impressive First Nation female singer-songwriters with their sisters from Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji in a powerful and symbolic musical collaboration, as they deconstruct the meaning of ‘beauty’ and appropriate the word to celebrate identity and culture, joy and pain, achievement and hope, and shared experiences as First Nation women.

Debe Neur, translates from Meriam-Mer, Creative Director Ruth Ghee’s language from the Eastern Torres Strait Islands as ‘pretty or good girl’; and features: Emily Wurramara (Aus), Saraima Navara (PNG), Daphanbal Yunipingu (Aus), ShoShona Kish (Canada), Laisa Vulakoro (Fiji) and Mihirangi (NZ).  

Debe Neur is made possible with support from the Australian Government Department of Communication and the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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