Karijini talent announcement  

[by Allen Newton]

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Thelma Plum who became the highest ever ranking Indigenous artist in the recently announced Hottest 100, will headline The Karijini Experience’s final night Yurlu Lounge performance on April 18.


The Yurlu Lounge performance, which features a prestigious line-up of Australian musicians including The Mark Atkins Band; the 2019 WAM Awards best Indigenous act, The Struggling Kings; Seth “Squid” Lowe; and The Narli Ensemble.


The concert will bring to a close the 2020 Karijini Experience which runs from April 14 to 18 with a host of free and ticketed events held in the heart of the remote Pilbara national park.


Plum, whose Better in Blak came in at number nine in the 2019 Hottest 100 is a Gamilaraay woman who grew up in Brisbane.


Her debut album Better in Blak is a story about culture, heritage, love and pain and captures the spirit of what it’s like to be a young Aboriginal woman in Australia.


The Narli Ensemble features Stephen Pigram on guitar and vocals, Mark Atkins on didgeridoo and vocals, violinist Erkki Veltheim, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, cellist Tresten Parr, percussionist Joe Talia and flautist Tos Mahoney Tura.


As well as the Yurlu Lounge concert other performers will include The Yabu Band and the Bradley Hall Band who will be performing at the Karijini Experience as part of the free Welcome to Country on April 14.


The Narli Ensemble will also be performing their cross-cultural celebration Kimberley Echoes in a concert in Kalamina Gorge on April 16.


The Karijini Experience will feature the work of immersive artists Goldberg & Aberline; a collaborative art piece with Nadine Foley; traditional healing workshops Sistars Dreaming; Yoga in the Gorge by Susanna Tope; an evening of films by up and coming Australian film makers, Experience Film hosted by Tyson Mowarin; and a host of cultural activities performed by local Banjima people and other surrounding language groups.


On the food front Paul Iskov and his team from Fervor will return to create three 10-course, long table dinner degustations on April 15, 16 and 17 featuring native ingredients and live entertainment.


Locally owned Aboriginal catering company Bush Lolly Cafe will be offering two long-table high teas with a cup of tea, delicious food inspired by native Australian ingredients and live music on April 15 and 17.


Throw in the stunning gorges and Aboriginal culture and the Karijini Experience provides an enticing lure to Karijini National Park’s already striking scenic attractions.


An emphasis on Aboriginal talent will again be at the heart of the five days of activities.

The eclectic mix of food, art, music and Aboriginal culture inside the Pilbara national park will include a range of ticketed and free fun family activities.


In the heart of the Pilbara, around 1400km from Perth and 80km north-east of Tom Price, the Karijini Experience gives visitors an opportunity to stay and camp in the park or to glamp it up at the Karijini Eco Retreat to experience both the unspoiled nature of the region and to share in a series of unique events.


As well as many free, family friendly activities and workshops focused on art, culture and enrichment there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in culture, music, food and art as well as becoming immersed in the stunning Karijini landscape.


There’ll be yoga, weaving and nature walks and plenty more.


The Karijini Experience is timed to coincide with school holidays and follows on from Easter when the Pilbara weather is at its best with sunny days and cool nights.


Markets and art, music, time getting to know the traditional land owners from the Banjima language group and the camaraderie of a shared experience with others off the beaten track all combine to make Karijini a must visit in April.


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