Triple J Unearthed winner of 2017, Baker Boy (AKA Danzal Baker), will headline the inaugural Giiyong Festival at Jigamy on September 22.
The Indigenous hip-hop artist from Arnhem Land has two Hottest 100 hits to his name, has performed at the National Indigenous Music Awards, and supported international acts 50 Cent and Dizzee Rascal. He’ll head to the Far South Coast fresh from his first Australian tour.
The Giiyong Festival will be a celebration of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, and a unique event for the south east region of NSW.
Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and South East Arts are working together to present the one day multi-arts festival at Jigamy, just north of Eden.
Some of the most exciting Aboriginal performers in Australia will take the stage at Giiyong Festival, including powerful headline acts No Fixed Address. No Fixed Address came together in 1979, influenced by punk music and hard-rock outfits such as Deep Purple and Kiss, this seminal band from Adelaide has gone on to earn a place in Australia’s musical history as the first Aboriginal band to break into the mainstream music.
Giiyong Festival will be the first event of its type held within the Yuin Nation, which stretches from the Shoalhaven River down into East Gippsland in Victoria and across to the Great Dividing Range. Giiyong (pronounced Guy-Yoong) means 'come to welcome' in the South Coast language as spoken by the Elders.
Other visiting artists will include Benny Walker, Jessie Lloyd and Frank Yamma. They will be joined by professional artists from the region such as Gabadoo, CJ Leon, Chelsy Atkins, Warren Foster, Robbie Bundle and Driftin’ Doolgahls – and entry is free.
At the festival people can experience a variety of cultural workshops including weaving, shellwork, cooking, wood burning, bush medicine and more. Dance performances, cultural ceremonies, films, visual and art and history exhibitions will take place. Aboriginal artists, craftspeople and creative producers are invited to register their interest in having a stall at the festival.