The 2 Worlds Festival

The Marrma Rom Two Worlds Foundation fundraising event, The 2 Worlds Festival, is on tomorrow at the Fyansford Paper Mills from 1pm to 10pm, celebrating the coming together of Australia's indigenous and western cultures in a fun, entertaining and interactive festival atmosphere.

The 2 Worlds Festival will showcase a variety of indigenous and western performers, art, traditional and not so traditional activities, indigenous and modern multicultural food.

 The headline acts include Archie Roach, Jeff Lang, Neil Murray, Shane Howard Trio, Chris Wilson and Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, with at least another 15 local and national musicians performing across 4 stages. These include local talent Imogen Brough, Mdrn Love, Immy Owusu, Alice Skye and emerging indigenous talent Philly with more acts to be announced.

The event will also feature indigenous and modern art with a theme around the 2 worlds concept “Walking in 2 worlds”. In addition there will be a variety of workshops, activities for kids, interactive dance demonstrations and pop up performances from both cultures.

The importance of a culturally significant location to both indigenous and western culture has meant the ideal location for the event is The Old Paper Mills in Fyansford. With its recent evolution as a future arts and events hub, this location will have long term significance to culture in the Geelong region. Similarly the area is also culturally significant to the Wathaurong people as a ceremonial ground. In addition the Old Paper Mills is located at Buckley Falls, the incredible story of William Buckley is a tremendous example of a person crossing cultures and embracing a foreign world view.

The inspiration for the not-for-profit Two Worlds Festival comes from the Marrma’ Rom Foundation. (‘Marrma’ Rom’ translates to ‘two worlds, two cultures or two belief systems’ in Yolngu Matha, the language of the people in Arnhem Land). 

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