Culture, colour and community at All One Under the Sun

Expect a captivating performance from Suara Indonesian Dance.

THERE’S a buzz around the Botanic Gardens as a major cultural celebration prepares to open on Sunday 26 May.

Themed ‘In Harmony on the Coffs Coast’, the All One Under the Sun festival will celebrate multiculturalism through live music, dance, workshops, and a multitude of activities for all ages performed on the Gurray Jaliija Garugun Ngayanda (All One Under the Sun) stage.

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“After opening with the Jalay Jalay Gumbaynggirr dance troupe we are excited to have some of our legendary local Gumbaynggirr bands – Jumbaal Dreaming and Manduway and the Black Figs – as well as a performance by YT Dingo with special guest Clark Webb, performing their new single Ngarranga Wajaar,” Project Coordinator Naomi Steinborner from Blue Sky Community Services told News Of The Area.

“We will also welcome local cultural community dance groups alongside visiting international performers Lembaga Buana, a music and dance troupe from Aceh province in Indonesia, as well as First Nations hip hop group Prodikal -1 featuring Yuin Djiringanj man Warren Foster Junior from the community of Wallaga Lake on the South Coast of NSW.”

Ali Shkaki, an exceptional local musician originally from Syria, will also be performing with master percussionist and Bellingen local Greg Sheehan.

“Ali’s music always inspires a dance circle where people can join in with local community members,and is always a highlight of these events for me,” said Naomi.

Excitement is also building for the launch of this year’s All One Under the Sun Collective song ‘Same Moon as I’, alongside performances of other tracks created by young people and Grow the Music over the duration of this three-year All One Under the Sun project.

The All One Under the Sun Festival is funded by Multicultural NSW and the City of Coffs Harbour, with support from many local organisations and community groups.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for cultural immersion and to celebrate our rich multicultural community,” said Naomi.

“You can participate in a drumming, dance or hip-hop workshop, try your hand at kite making, weaving or street art, watch a cooking demonstration, and even have a boogie in the silent disco.

“All activities are free, with multicultural food stalls selling delicious food from all over the world.

“We are so fortunate here on the Coffs Coast to be surrounded by such a diverse array of cultures,” Naomi added.

“Coffs Harbour is truly a multicultural community that we know will embrace all the activities, workshops and performances that we have to offer at this year’s event.

“Get there early to find a parking spot, and create your own schedule for all the activities you want to try, performances you want to see, and workshops you want to participate in.”

Set within the grounds of the Coffs Harbour Botanic Garden on beautiful Gumbaynggirr country, this family-friendly event encourages people to immerse themselves in the many cultures that make up our community.

All One Under the Sun Festival opens with a warm Welcome to Country from Garlambirla Elders at 9.30am and closes at 3pm.

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