Mar
17
2013

Nayri Niara (Good Spirit) Festival – April 5-7

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Bruny Island will be filled with music, food, dance, film and good vibes this April, with the Nayri Niara (Good Spirit) Festival taking over Great Bay from April 5 to 7.

The festival returns for its fourth year, for a three-day gathering of "knowledge sharing and arts", providing a "powerful opportunity" for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to honour ancient traditions and modern innovation.

This family-friendly event will feature a number of international, national and local performers including musician and environmental and cultural activist Xavier Rudd, musical trio OKA, one of Australia's finest indigenous singer-songwriters Emma Donovan and the signature "island soul" tunes from Bobby Alu.

Other fine performers and presenters making an appearance at Nayri Niara are Jim Tree (James Medicine Tree), Akeyulrre Healers, Jim Everett, Bob Randall, Tav Sparks (USA), Frank Ansell, Dewayne Everettsmith and Deline Briscoe.

Day one of the festival will see guests welcomed to the home of the Neunone people (Bruny Island) with an opening ceremony dance taking place as the sun sets, followed by musical performances from Dewayne Everettsmith and Xavier Rudd.

Rise and shine early on day two for a walk in the country at 06:30 and a healing Pipe Ceremony.

From 10:00 you can engage with knowledge at The Speakers Forums, with the afternoon bringing more performances from Tasmania's local talent.

There will be various workshops, dances, healing circles and visual arts-related activities happening throughout the day with an evening program featuring Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Bobby Alu and OKA.

Soak up the last of the talks from speakers and elders for the final festival day on Sunday, with a Concluding Ceremony taking place nearby the beach as new friends part and "leave with good spirit, Nayri Niara".

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