Boomerang Festival Delayed A Year

Another Australian festival is not returning in 2014. Boomerang, set up by Bluesfest promoter Peter Noble to celebrate indigenous culture, started last year.


It was to return in October, but organisers said it would now return Oct. 3-5, 2015, citing Federal Budget cuts to Aboriginal organisations.

“Boomerang is a world class event and it is for many, their first real interaction at an event that is programmed by and with a First Nation’s perspective,” director Rhoda Roberts said.

She asked for sponsors to step in. Boomerang will now take place every other year.

Government funding cuts to indigenous organisations also led to the axing of the Sept. 20 Deadlys awards at the Sydney Opera House lauding achievements by First Australians in music, sports, health and community work.

Founder Gavin Jones’ company, Deadly Vibes Australia, lost funding of $3.6 million, also used for his Deadly Vibes magazine and radio and TV shows. A despondent Jones killed himself July 11.