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Coffs Harbour Campus

Fusion Festival new logo 2019

The 2019 Fusion Festival is being held at the Coffs Harbour campus on Tuesday 27th August commencing at 10:30am and concluding at approximately 2:00pm.

Festival Schedule

Coffs Harbour Fusion Program

Times

Program

Description

11:00am

Festival Opening

Welcome to Country by local Gumbaynggirr Elder, Traditional Smoking Ceremony 

Official opening with ‘Welcome to Country’

Smoking ceremony and dance

11:25am

Congolese Community Dancers (Congo)

Cultural Performances

11:45am

Jian ('the life') – Kurdish Yazidi Dancers (Syria)

A collection of dancers from Kurdish folklore

12:00noon

Bollywood Dancers (India)

Bollywood Dancers Nadira and Carol perform various cultural styles

12:15pm

World Music

A selection of World Music played during lunch

12:30

Kachin Community Dancers(Myanmar)

Traditional dancers perform various cultural styles

12:45pm

Ali Hassan on Tanbur & Kamiran on Tabla Kurdish(Syria)

Ali sings and plays the Tanbur, a traditional stringed instrument. His music is a masterful poetic expressions of love and respect for his culture and country. Kamiran on Tabla.

1:05pm

Yazidi Dancers (Iraq)

Dancers showcasing their cultural heritage

1:20pm

National/Cultural Dress Fashion Show

Massive dress parade finale! Everyone welcome to wear their traditional dress on the day and join the dazzling all-in community parade.

Food-tasting

Festival-goers are able to taste free samples of cuisines from around the world! The menu includes Burmese, Japanese, Eritrean and Ethio-African. Wtih Rainbow chai, Ethiopian Coffee, Sweets and more.

 

 

Festival Information Stalls and Activities

There will be an exciting range of information stalls and activities at the Fusion Festival, including; face-painting, African hair-braiding, decorate your cupcake, Henna Tattooing, Badge making and so much more.

Coffee Making Ceremony

A coffee making ceremony is a ritualised form of making and drinking coffee.  Alem will be roasting the green coffee beans over an open flame in a pan, then grinding the beans in a wooden mortar with pestle, then the coffee beans are then brewed three times.

"Coffee ceremony brings people together to have conversations about important social, cultural and other matters".

Festival Highlights

Kachin Community Dancers

Kachin Dancers - Fusion Festival

The performance the Dancers are presenting relates to Traditional Kachin. Normally the dancing in this performance is held on special events such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year Celebrations. The dancing styles are related to uniting us all and Kachin's life style.

Ali Hasan and Kamiran

Exceptional Kurdish musicians

Ali and Kamiran are exceptional Kurdish musicians who were forced to flee Syria with their families and now live locally. Ali sings and plays tanbur, a fretless string instrument played with a plectrum.

Kamiran is a brilliant player of the durbekk, the goblet drum found all across the Middle East. Their heartfelt and lively songs, both traditional and contemporary, passionately express the centrality of their culture and the Kurdish people’s hopes for justice and recognition.

This beautiful music is not to be missed.

 

Harmony Bollywood Dancers 

Nadira and Carol love dancing various cultural styles and have performed throughout the Coffs Harbour region.Together they are passionate about empowering women by reflecting their connection to culture through dancing and music.The Harmony Bollywood Team invite women to join them to create dance moves, friendships and connections.

 

Jian

The name of the group, Jian, literally translates to ‘The Life’. This Yazidi dance includes a collection of dances from Kurdish folklore. The dancers are boys and girls in traditional dress, who will perform a painting that includes dancing and involves carrying coloured strips of material.   

Wear it Purple

Wear it Purple Day - Coffs Harbour campus

Wear It Purple is a national movement to support the health and well-being of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Wear It Purple lets young people know that they have the right to be proud of who they are regardless of their sex, sexuality or gender identity.

Wear it Purple is simple ... it is about respect.

Wear It Purple aims to create a world safe for all young people, regardless of their gender or sexual identity, in which they are free to learn, grow and belong.