Aboriginal Cultural Showcase Opening Ceremony a highlight at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival21.01.2016
The Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF) draws Aboriginal visitors and performers, and Country Music enthusiasts from all over Australia, and is a major nurturing ground for musical and artistic talent. Once again, the Aboriginal Cultural Showcase stage is proving a highlight of this great regional arts event.
The Showcase opened with a stunning ceremony curated by prominent Aboriginal entrepreneur and lead singer of the Indigiearth dancers, Sharon Winsor, and included performances by Michael Donovan, Warren H Williams and country music legend Troy Cassar Daley.
2016 has seen the Showcase stage moved to a deadly new location on the corner of Peel and Brisbane Streets, “This is a big step forward for this event, and will finally see our Aboriginal performers receive the recognition and exposure that they deserve in the centre of the action rather than on the fringes as in previous years” Said Project Manager Lorrayne Riggs from Arts North West.
The Showcase also includes a cultural workshop program including media training, an artist in residence creative workshop and an Aboriginal dance showcase and dig workshop. This program gives Aboriginal people from all over Australia the opportunity to perform and develop their skills under the tutelage of experienced cultural practitioners.
The Aboriginal Cultural Showcase is a partnership between Arts North West and the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council, and in 2016 received funding through Arts NSW’s Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund, and the Regional Arts Fund, Ministry for the Arts.