1 Day until 2 Worlds Festival

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1 Day until 2 Worlds Festival

Two worlds will be colliding this Saturday the 20th of October as the Märrma’ Rom Foundation fundraising event, 2 Worlds Festival, returns to The Old Paper Mills in Fyansford with two times the lineup and two times the entertainment than its debut event.
The inaugural 2 Worlds Festival in 2017 saw 1500 people descend down to the historical and culturally significant venue in celebration of the fusing of cultures, with 13 artists throughout the day including Archie Roach, Chris Wilson and Imogen Brough. This year the festival has doubled in size, boasting 31 indigenous and non-indigenous artists across 7 staging zones.
The Button Hall is jam packed with major talent and big names. Triple j fans will be pleased to hear that the crowned “Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land”, Baker Boy appears on the bill. With his songs “Cloud 9” and “Marryuna” ranking in the Hottest 100 for last year, shining light on indigenous culture and tongue, Baker Boy has been appearing on festival lineups all over the country including St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Groovin’ the Moo, Woodford Folk Festival and now, most appropriately, for 2 Worlds Festival.
The indigenous rapper is followed by an Australian rock veteran. That’s right! 2 Worlds Festival has nabbed ‘You Am I’ front man, Tim Rogers. As part of his ‘The Endless Cycle of Maintenance Tour’, Rogers will perform his songs from the past three decades including band classics.
Fellow rock royalty and 90’s icon, Adalita, will be taking a break as the lead lady of ‘Magic Dirt’ before their reunion shows for River Rocks in November and Hotter Than Hell from December. With a 4.00pm slot in Button Hall, the home-grown talent will follow the powerful stylings of folk soloist William Crighton.
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Darren Percival, who appeared on The Voice Australia, will also be making his debut at the event where he will be joined by the Masculine Spirit Choir for an unforgettable experience in the Door Gallery.
2 Worlds Festival alumni, Alice Skye, Yimmal and the Miliyawutj, and Shane Howard and Yimmal Duo will be returning to the all-ages event with Alice Skye also pairing up with Torres Strait Islander, Chris Tamwoy, for the APRA AMCOS Songline Session, sharing song and stories in The Great Hall. The session will be hosted by none other than the charismatic, music wiz herself; Myf Warhurst.
And that’s just the headline acts! Spread across Button Hall, Providence Winery, The Great Hall, Stone Vault Studio and Door Gallery throughout the day are (in alphabetical order), Above the Bit, Andre Warhurst, Andrea Robertson Trio, Ayleen O’, Dallas Woods, DRMNG NOW, Elli Belle, Hold // Fire, Howlin’ Wind, Monique Clare, Mountain Grey, Phea, Phil and Trudy Edgeley, Steady State Massive, The Maes, and Todd Cook.
It doesn’t stop there. Representing Geelong and the Surf Coast is a mix of local flavour with 10 High Fly, Alister Turrill, Sarah Carrol Duo and our favourite busker Finnigan August who will be busking to raise funds for Chris Wilson. The talented Immy Owusu will also be making a return to the festival, this year as a solo artist, closing out the event. (Set times are available on the event website.)
While the live music lineup is enough to get us down to the event, the festival is about so much more. 2 Worlds Festival stems from the Märrma’ Rom Foundation (‘Märrma’ Rom’ translates to ‘two worlds, two cultures or two belief systems’ in Yolngu Matha, the language of the people in Arnhem Land), with the not-for-profit event aiming to “entertain, educate, stimulate and promote interaction and understanding across two cultures”. And what better location to capture it! The Old Paper Mill holds cultural significance for both indigenous and western culture and has become an arts hub in the region. Seated on Buckley Falls, the sight promotes the gathering of elements and, in turn, the intertwining of culture.
Kicking off at midday, the event will open with The Wadawurrung Opening Ceremony (the “Bai-err”), which will acknowledge the traditional owners of Wadawurrung country, partnered with a traditional ceremony that will share stories through dance in the Central Hub.
The Asanti Dance Theatre will also be there to showcase their high energy traditional and African contemporary dance performances and crowds will be able to get hands-on in the Culture Circle session where you can try your skills on the Didgeridoo!
There’s also plenty for the kids over at the Kids Zone! Boost Yoga will be hosting half hour sessions throughout the day to get your bodies energised and stimulated for the day. Energising and stimulating the mind is the Mini Maestros sessions. Running in intervals throughout the day these workshops allow kids to explore and discover the magic of music and culture through dancing, singing, playing percussion and enjoying musical games. If music magic is not their thing, then a magic show may be! Dazzling Dan’s Magic Show will have the kids mesmerised!
For the bigger kids, art installations and the Wayne Quilliam light installation will grab your eye. The light installation will project drone footage and moving images taken across Australia over songlines and sites significant to indigenous people onto the roof and walls of The Old Paper Mill, creating a surreal urbanscape; an absolute must see on the day!
2 Worlds Festival has really taken it up a notch this year, so what are you waiting for?! Grab your tickets and check out the festival program at www.2worldsfestival.org.au and get ready to immerse yourself in the binding of two worlds.
Tickets are only $65.00 for adults and children under 12 get in for free!
Where: The Old Paper Mills, Fyansford, Geelong
When: 20 October 2018, 12pm-10pm

Written by Tammy Walters