Friday 13 May 6pm to SUNDAY 10am 15 May
Gascoyne Junction Pavilion - Scott Street
Featuring international festival favourites and set in the ‘Guts of the Gascoyne’ the 2016 Gascoyne River Music Festival boasts a jam packed program guaranteed to enliven one’s spirit and get everyone dancing - Upper Gascoyne Style!
Set south of the Kennedy Range National Park the Community of Gascoyne Junction is proud to present a vibrant weekend of Arts, Culture and of course Music: ALL FREE, ALL FUN and ALL Family Friendly!
Early morning walking tours in the Gascoyne River Sculpture trail, late night shenanigan on the main stage, arts, craft and circus workshops, twilight yoga and a Flying Robot Film Festival - We have it ALL, and it happens to be set under the vast night sky in the Outback of the North West….
Pack your camping gear and check your maps, Gascoyne Junction now has a brand new Pub and Tourist Park offering the connivence of fuel, food and camping facilities right next to the Gascoyne River Festival site! www.junctiontouristpark.com Food Market and Licensed Bar will also be on the festival site.
This Festival is made possible with funding from Department of Culture and the Arts, Lotterywest, Gascoyne Development Commission, Myer Foundation, Healthway, Country Arts WA and is a partnership between the Shire of Upper Gascoyne and Gascoyne in May INC.
Circus Ricochet in partnership with The School of the Air Families and Youth of Gascoyne Junction will host ‘CircUS’ workshops in all things circus! Try your hand at juggling, hula hooping, tight rope walking and even trapeze at the many workshops over the weekend. Also look out for weaving, painting and other various workshops over the weekend.
Then head to the main stage and be swept away by healing acts Grace Barbe, Kallidad, Dave Mann, Bec Schofield, James Abberley and local heroes, Sundown, The Dry Corner, Miss Max, Daisy as well as international aerial enchantresses, Natural Wings, Jade Mills and Theaker von Ziarno. Zap Circus will perform their award winning Big Festival Fire show.
Other highlights include the Flying Robot International Film Festival which showcases films made with the help of drones; Large scale projection art, Fire Sculptures, Stilt walking Pirates and many more surprises.. See you there!
About Our Acts
Grace Barbé Seychelles islander Grace Barbé is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the 21st century, with the talent, looks and voice to match. Grace’s soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage. http://www.gracebarbe.com/
Natural Wings are sky bound story tellers who animate their tales with exquisite and highly skilled moves, and will captivate you while performing trapeze, dance, rope, hula hoops and acrobatics. In Gascoyne in May 2016 they will perform their award winning show ‘TANDEM’. A journey of two women delighting in a visual display of what keeps them working together… and what can tear them apart. A spectrum of emotions presented through great quality physical theatre, comedy, intricate interactions and off course stunning aerial dance! www.naturalwings.com
ZAP CIRCUS have performed their fire, circus and comedy shows in 27 countries on 5 continents. Unique and quirky, sometimes funny, other times straight up bad ass, this duo is bound to bring smiles to faces, joy to hearts, a little awe and loads of laughter. Famous for the biggest fire show by a duo, Tarrabelle and Rusty are charismatic entertainers on a mission to ‘make your day’, and are Western Australia's only internationally awarded circus and fire performance company, recently winning the EXTREME award in Toronto, Canada in 2015! They will be performing their two shows ' Circus Fire Spectacular!' and 'The Purple People Show' www.zapcircus.com
Kallidad: With their trademark ‘Day of the Dead’ face paint, Kallidad has a visual image every bit as striking as their one of a kind sound. Featuring two Spanish guitars and a box drum on nitrous, Kallidad combines influences from flamenco and mariachi music with rock and metal to create a powerful, energetic and uplifting sound that gives the audience no choice but to dance! Kallidad are a three piece fiesta party band from Sydney who have grown from humble busking roots into an international festival favourite. Gracing festivals Rainbow Serpent, Nannup, Psyfari and Subsonic, and opening shows for Ed Sheeran, Tijuana Cartel, Mickey Avalon, Flight Facilities and Master's Apprentices. Kallidad have built a strong and loyal fanbase all around Australia. Their European tours now sees them doing the same internationally. Catch them on Gascoyne Country and be ransomed to the rhythms of Kallidad! www.kallidad.com
Dave Mann is both an accomplished performer and a versatile songwriter with bittersweet songs ranging from ballads, through folk and reggae to rock. He writes from the heart about subjects that touch us all and cuts straight to the truth. His voice is incredibly beautiful and his vocal range astounding. Put this together with open chord tunings, slide guitar and virtuosic playing and something very special is created. Dave Mann takes his audiences on a seamless musical journey from fairyland to iconic pub-rock. Always surprising – in the best possible way and has supported artists such as Jeff Martin (The Tea Party),The Whitlam’s, Pete Murray, The Cat Empire, Eric Bibb, Thirsty Merc, Jeff Lang, Diesel and Lior.
Bec Schofield’s voice is caramel for the soul; her songs’ strength is in their simplicity – a pure, intimate, new voice that whispers passion and magic in a deeply feminine way. Bec’s first full length release, “Love Country”, a collaboration with husband Dave Mann, is incredibly beautiful. Exquisite vocal harmonies float over classical and slide guitars, Irish bouzouki and mandolin. Bec’s love for people and place shines through with a refreshingly stripped back and honest sound.
Pundarra is the Yinggarda word for ‘star’ and is Carnarvon’s very own Indigenous contemporary dance troupe. Principle performers include Malgana dancer Janine Oxenham and Yinggarda dancers Candy Dia and Bianca Whitby. Salvaging song lines and reinventing ancient stories, they perform contemporary indigenous dance set on and in wild land and seascapes across the Gascoyne. They will be performing four new dance pieces for Gascoyne in May 2016 and collaborating with the wonderful Matriarchs of the Gascoyne and their ‘Grannies’ which in aboriginal culture means one’s Grandchildren. Powerful, beautiful and fun!
Gascoyne Circus have emerged into profiled industry professionals and now produce many community, corporate and festival events throughout the region and beyond. This year the youth of Exmouth headline the troupe ‘Narrators’ featuring audacious and historical deeds rendered on Stilts! Master puppeteer Karen Hethey heads the helm to reck havoc on your heart and set our sights from the past and into the future…
Jade Mills is Gascoyne gold, born, bred and trained in the Gascoyne, Jade has returned from her first international tour as aerialist and heads the GiM production crew between stage performing stunning stunts high in the air at the Burringurrah Festival of Fire and the Gascoyne River Music Festival.
Enchantress of the Trapeze, Theaker von Ziarno is a storyteller who uses aerial arts to captivate your imagination and inspire your soul. A seasoned aerialist, and a pioneer of aerial street performance, she is an international festival favourite often performing at Glastonbury Festival (UK), Edinburgh Fringe (Scotland) and many more. Highly spirited and dedicated to detonate great energy whenever she performs, Von Ziarno animates the static trapeze, aerial silks and hoop to take you on a journey into the landscapes of the heart and beyond…… www.artyms.com
Circus Ricochet Mr.Ricochet is no ordinary entertainer. With over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry charming audiences on corporate stages, cruise ships, circus big tops and street festivals all over the world, it is safe to say Mr.Ricochet is much more than "just another juggler'.
Theaker von Ziarno
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