Masters of ceremonies & PERFORMERS
MC - BEN GRAETZ
Ben Graetz is a local Darwin man and is a descendant of the Iwaidja and Malak Malak Clans in the Northern Territory and of Badu Island on the Torres Strait Islands of Australia. He is interested in all elements of the performing arts and is keen to combine his creative talents to develop work that moves and challenges an audience. He is one of the Australia’s finest performers, producer, director and writer, creating exciting work that is innovative and dynamic.
MC - Kevin Kropinyeri
Kevin is one of Australia's most established and popular Aboriginal comedians with a long list of Australian TV credits. He is a proud Aboriginal man from the Ngarrindjeri Nation of the lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region in South Australia.
A high-energy performer, Kevin is sharp, likeable, silly and measured; mixing keen observational standup with joyfully ridiculous physical comedy. His engaging brand of comedy warmly invites both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences to share his journey, his culture, his life.
Kevin is a regular feature on the mainstream corporate, club and festival circuits and a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow regular. He is a bona fide star of the Indigenous performing arts scene.
Multi-award winning Electric Fields create a striking and haunting merging of living traditional culture with electronic music, bringing moments of breathtaking beauty and power to the stage. Featuring the rare and beautiful voice of Zaachariaha Fielding, who often sings in his traditional languages of the Anangu people, and the spine-chilling production of Michael Ross - Electric Fields music ranges from soulful pop, to epic-scale electronic works, through to intensely intimate story-songs. They have toured Australia and overseas in a non-stop schedule for the past 14 months, playing in all capital cities multiple times – with invitations taking them to festivals in China, Scotland, Indonesia, New Zealand, Poland, Germany, and Malaysia – and now, UK WOMAD and the massive Sziget Festival in Hungary are on the horizon.
One Mob Different Country
One Mob Different Country is a program that has been operating out of the Darwin Correctional Centre (DCC) for approximately 12 years. The program allows low-security Indigenous prisoners who have demonstrated good behaviour to take part in performing traditional aboriginal dances at events - including community, government and not for profit organisations. The dancers have been given permission from the Elders of the Beswick and Barunga communities to perform certain dances and songs from that region. The name One Mob Different Country refers to the fact that the dancers themselves may come from different communities (different country) but they come together as a group to dance (as one mob). The dancers are not paid to perform. Instead the funds go to the Department of Correctional Services to support this enterprise program and others – for capacity building and creating a positive, sustainable future for those in the program.
Richard “Tjapaljarri” Fejo
Senior Aboriginal Cultural Educator. I am a Larrakia “Salt Water” man and recognised elder of my clan group (Larrakia ‘Fejo’ Clan Group) and a direct descendant of the Larrakia from my father and Grandfather in what culture calls, “Grandfather law”. My skin name is ‘Balang’ from the top end of the NT and ‘Tjapaltjarri’ from the Warramungu (Tennant Creek) region on my mother's side.
Rochelle Pitt is a Butchulla/Kalkadoon and traditional owner of Quandamooka Nation who started singing and performing at a young age in the churches and choirs of Far North Queensland.
Her long journey has forged a powerful voice that celebrates the strength, beauty and love within all of us. In her early twenties, Rochelle had breakout success with her original tracks “Too Deadly My Sister” and “Black to Reality” from her seminal EP Black to Reality, an uplifting and inspirational ode to her First Nation people. The conviction of her live performances leaves audiences breathless, and in recent years Rochelle has found mainstream success as she went from nurse and mother, to star on Australia’s The X factor.
Fresh Melbourne based duo, The Merindas, are the synthesis of warrior queen, bringing an on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive and beautiful music dedicated to their cultural heritage. Blending their sultry tones and energetic stage presence, The Merindas, accompanied by producer Jake Steele, create an atmospheric fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop sounds in an extraordinary presentation of choreographed movement and slay attire.
Warren is a musician and artist living in Darwin in the Northern Territory. Warren plays covers and originals at local corporate functions, charity events, weddings and clubs. Warren's second EP entitled I was Me, it followed on from his debut EP Arafura Sky in 2013. Produced at Masters Studios in Palmerston, Warren’s new CD is honest and positive with a mixture of music genres from a big band sound on New York through to funk on his moving single I still love you anyhow. Warren has a relaxed view of the world, plays a lot of lawn bowls and likes to laugh lots with wife and friends.