Coffs Harbour Campus

 Fusion Festival Logo

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

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

This year, a "Unity In Diversity" mosaic created as part of last year's festival was unveiled by Southern Cross University Acting Campus Head, Dr Grant Cairncross, on the ground floor of the Library. 

Food-tasting

Festival-goers were able to taste free samples of cuisines from around the world! The menu included 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 was also 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.

 

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 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 Wear It Purple the SCU Coffs Harbour Queer Collective and community health providers ACON and Headspace were at the Festival and festival-goers were invited to wear purple to show their support.

 

Festival Information Stalls and Activities

There was 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! 

Times

Program

Description

11:00am

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

11:15am

Southern Cross University welcome

Welcome to Fusion Festival

11:25am

Bollywood Dancers

Bollywood dancers Nadira & Carol performs various cultural styles

11:45am

Thai Dancers

Traditional Thai Dance performed by local Thai community group

12:00pm

Jian (the life) – Kurdish dancers from Syria

A collection of dances from Kurdish folklore

12:15pm

World Music

A selection of World Music played during lunch

12:30pm

Djembe Star

Drumming & African culture reggae

12:50pm

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.

13:10pm

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.