Aboriginal Showcase a first


AN Aboriginal Showcase is a first for Warwick. It's bringing a focus to and encouraging our local Aboriginal talent and also bringing in many performers, including some well-known professionals from other communities to Warwick.

The second focus of the two days is mentoring up-and-coming Aboriginal talent – or anyone with the music in them. All professional performers are coming in good will to share their time running workshops and mentoring, in addition to performing.

The opening ceremony was held at noon yesterday at Leslie Park. It involved a ceremony of local elders, dancers, singers and a few short speeches.

Peace Festival organiser and performer Roger Knox said he was excited about the entire weekend of events.

“I'm really excited about everything. I can't wait to get it all happening,” he said.

“I would also just like to mention that I am extremely grateful of the Peace Festival for including the two days of Aboriginal celebration.”

As a performer Mr Knox has travelled throughout the world and knows talent when he sees it.

“The quality of entertainment is extremely big for Warwick,” he said.

“Usually you would have to head to a big city to see these entertainers.”

Cultural Swing show concert will be held at the Town Hall tonight from 8pm. Entry is $25 for adults and $15 for minors.

There will be a top line-up of Aboriginal musicians, including Buddy Knox Blues Band, Roger Knox, LJ Hill, Jason Scott, Stiff Gins and Last Kinection, all who have never before been seen in Warwick.

The Stiff Gins is a female duo that has performed throughout the world. Their music tells stories about life, history and family.

They will also run workshops with the Aboriginal choir.

Last Kinection is also another duo – this one a brother and sister act, which performs positive, high-tempo music.

Roger Knox believes Warwick will react positively to the Peace Festival and especially the two days celebrating Aborigines.

“I think Warwick will enjoy the showcase and it will lift everyone's spirit,” he said.

“We're showing our talent to the community. It's not ‘yes we can': instead it's ‘cause we can'.

“This festival is all about working together – using the best form of communication, music, to uplift and to heal the community,” Mr Knox said.

For more information contact Roger or Nic on 0423 315 068.

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