Coffs Harbour Campus

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The Fusion Festival will be held at the Coffs Harbour campus on Tuesday 28th August 2018 with the festival program commencing at 11:00am and concluding at approximately 2:00pm. See the program.

The festival will be launched by Southern Cross University's Professor John Hurley and a welcome to country will be given by local Gumbaynggirr Elder Aunty Delma Donnelly.

Come along for cultural sharing and conversations and to join in the celebration of cultural diversity at the University and within our communities.

Wear your national / cultural dress or purple attire to celebrate Wear It Purple (see below).

This year will see the unveiling of the "Unity In Diversity" mosaic created as part of last year's festival. The mosaic was coordinated by local artist Tim Cole and was made by students and staff. The mosaic will be unveiled by Southern Cross University Acting Campus Head, Dr Grant Cairncross, on Monday 27 August at 10:00am on the ground floor of the Library. 


Festival-goers will be able to taste free samples of cuisines from around the world! The menu includes Ethio-African and Eritrean curries, Thai food, a selection of morning tea pastries, a variety of vegetarian salads, bush-tucker desserts and damper, Greek sweets and an Aussie BBQ.

There will also be delicious Indian Chai tea, a stall to create your own unique blend tea to take home and a selection of tea and coffee.

Festival Highlights

Ali Hasan

Ali Hasan was a successful Kurdish musician and teacher in Syria, known as Shkaki on stage.

He sings and plays the tanbur, a traditional stringed instrument like a bouzouki.

His music is masterful: poetic expressions of love and respect for his culture and country. The powerful emotions cross language barriers to touch your heart and also get your feet tapping.


Djembe Stars

The Djembe Stars are a high energy combination of African dance, drumming & singing. Their pulsing rhythms are guaranteed to get you moving.

The drummers perform on traditional African djembe drums. The djembe drum is thought to have been originally created by the Mandinke tribe in what is now Mali, in West Africa. It has been played by West African people for many generations forming an integral part of ritual celerations in Mali, Guinea, Senegal and other neighbouring West African countries.The singing is gospel-inspired and the music is a cultural reggae experience.


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.



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 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.

In support of the day, the SCU Coffs Harbour Queer Collective, community health promoters ACON and Headspace will be at the Festival. Please wear purple to show your support!


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, a Yarning Corner, the Wellness HQ, Ready Mob, Rural Australians for Refugees, Thai fruit & vegetable carvers, a Police car display, Library BookFace, Vietnamese cutural display (dan to rung tay nguyen), games to play and a Smoothie Exercise Bike! 





Festival Opening by MC Erica Butler
Welcome to Country by Aunty Delma Donnelly & Smoking Ceremony by Troy Robinson

Official opening with ‘Welcome to Country’

Smoking ceremony and dance


Southern Cross University welcome

Welcome to Fusion Festival


Bollywood Dancers

Bollywood dancers Nadira & Carol performs various cultural styles


Thai Dancers

Traditional Thai Dance performed by local Thai community group


Jian (the life) – Kurdish dancers from Syria

A collection of dances from Kurdish folklore


World Music

A selection of World Music played during lunch


Djembe Star

Drumming & African culture reggae


Kurdish Syrian Music (Tanbur by Ali Hasan)

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.


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.