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An Aboriginal music and art festival
Ruigoord, the Netherlands, june 29, 2003

Amsterdam's didgeridoo shop Aboriginal Art & Instruments and Dreamtime Events from Berlin, Germany have joined forces this summer in the organisation of an Aboriginal music and art festival.

The Ruigoord festival terrain will be host to a variety of activities and events. At the didgeridoo workshops you can get acquainted with the instrument or learn new playing techniques from world's top didgeridoo musicians, who will later on the day perform on the festival stage. Apart from the impressive line-up of musicians performing live, percussionists and dancers will add to the mixed athmosphere of both native and contemporary aspects of Australian culture.

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At the Ruigoord church the 'Tingari Cycles' Aboriginal art exhibition will take place, about which more can be read here. On the festival terrain a market will offer a diversity of products like didgeridoos, artefacts, Tshirts, books and -of course- cds from the perfoming artists. You can also enjoy our typical Australian BBQ with a glass of Australian beer or a cocktail from the juice bar.

The festival has a special program for children, where you can make and paint your own 'didge', and learn how to play it. You can also learn how to throw a boomerang and hear about its function and history. Or you can get painted like a traditional Aboriginal and learn on of their tribal dances. With the free camp site and the possibility to stay the night, this can be an ideal weekend out with your family or with a bunch of friends.

The 'artist colony' Ruigoord has a history of organizing and hosting festivals which excel in originality. Ten years ago it was the location of the Dreamtime Awakenings Festival, with 10.000 visitors on of the largest festivals ever held on the site. This year Ruigoord also celebrates its 30th birthday, and we would like to give them a present by organising a similar event. The site gives the opportunity to sit at a campfire and watch the stars or rise at dawn and have breakfast in the grass. This spirit of freedom characterises the festival. For more information about Ruigoord, its history and the  
Beautiful Ruigoord
events they host, visit their site at http://www.ruigoord.nl. They have a special english page here, and if you want to know how to get to the festival site you can follow this link.
  Dreamtime Festival tickets   Tickets are available at the festival's entrance and cost 15 euro. If you want to participate in the didgeridoo workshops, let us know at workshops@aboriginalart.nl. The workshops cost 35 euro are held from 11 am to 1 pm.

For more information about the festival you can send us an email at festival@aboriginalart.nl. Media and press inquiries can be pointed to saspectprevents@hotmail.com.
Festival Program  

10:30 Opening of the Dream.Time Amsterdam festival

11:00 - 13:00 Workshops with Alan Dargin, Si, Mark Atkins and Stephen Kent

12:00 Children's Program, Market, Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Australian BBQ

13:00 Performance by Mark Atkins (AUS)

14:30 Performance by Stephen Kent & Band (USA)

16:30 Performance by 3ple-D (NL)

18:30 Performance by Charlie McMahon & Band (AUS)

20:30 Performance by Si & Wild Marmalade (AUS)

22:00 Performance by Ganga Giri & Band (AUS)

23:30 Performance by Alan Dargin (AUS)

01:00 Grand Finale: MuGezond Party Jam with Didgeridoo Players, Band and Deejays.

About the Players  
Mark Atkins   Mark Atkins is a descendant of the Yamitji people of western Australia. He started his musical carrier at the age of ten, and has since become to one of the most prominent pioneers of didgeridoo music. His musical skills allow him to play a wide variety of music styles, be it as a solo performer or an ensemble player. Mark has performed around the world and has played with a diversity of musicians, bands and ensembles such as Philip Glass, Led Zeppelin and the London Philharmonic. He is also a gifted guitarist, percussionist, painter, instrument crafter and story teller.
Stephen Kent   Stephen Kent was born in Devon, England, and spent much of his childhood in eastern Africa. When he moved back to London he started his first band, Furious Punk, a noisy punk group. With his musical horizon widening, he worked as a musical director of a travelling theatre companionship touring Australia where he first learned about the didgeridoo. Since then he has developed himself as an important advocate of the didgeridoo as a contemporary instrument. He co-formed bands like Trance Mission and Beasts of Paradise, and played with musicians like Youssou N'Dour, Herbie Hancock and King Sunny Ade.
3ple-D   Lies Beijerinck and Michiel Teijgeler both got introduced to the didgeridoo in the early nineties, when Holland was still largly oblivious to the instrument. They were instantly struck by the unique sound and the musical capabilities of the instrument. After Michiel travels through Europe as a street musician and plays in several bands, and Lies spends a year in Australia, and plays in several bands as well, they form 3ple-D (Triple Dee) in 1999. Their sound is characterized by innovative sounds and playing techniques, and is influenced by Brazilian samba, Togolese and Ghanese bell patterns, Cuban 'son' rhythms and modern dancemusic. They recently released their first studio cd.
Charlie McMahon   Charlie McMahon started playing the didgeridoo at a very young age, long before the instrument gained popularity among the western population of Australia. When he was sixteen he lost part of his right arm in an accident, which motivated him even more to master the didgeridoo. After a brief academic career and his encounter with the nomadic 'Lost Tribe' of Pintubi aboriginals, he formed Gondwanaland in 1983. Pioneering contemporary didgeridoo music the band was later renamed to Gondwana, and in all recorded nine albums to date. He is also very well known for his performances in the nineties with Australian desert rockers Midnight Oil.
Si and Wild Marmalade   Wild Marmalade is an innovative dance trio featuring the talented Si Mullumbi on the didgeridoo. During his travels across Australia he was already widely appreciated as a solo artist for his dancable mix of percussive vocal beats and deep dronal grooves. Along with Matt Goodwin on drums and Matt Ledgar on percussion, Wild Marmalade brings energetic and organic dance music which without the use of samples and electronic instruments fits perfectly well in todays modern dance scene.
Ganga Giri   Ganga Giri was born in Australia and was a serious percussionist at the age of eight. At this young age he already became strongly influenced by African percussion, Indian folk music, traditional Aboriginal music, reggae, rap and all kinds of dance music. He taught himself to master one of his favourite instruments, the didgeridoo, to a level that his modern style of playing was appreciated by the elders of the Yolngu tribe, in spite of the cultural differences. His uplifting, 'manic-organic' didgeridoo sound, accompanied bij both traditional and electronic percussion, brings the didgeridoo to new, highly dancable heights.
Alan Dargin   Alan Dargin was raised in the north of Arnhemland. He started playing didgeridoo when he was only five years old, being taught by his grandfather. His traditional background didn't prevent him to experiment with all kinds of musical influences and playing techniques and to become one of the most prominent ambassadors of modern didgeridoo music. His intense affiliation with the instrument combined with his musical talent make him a true musical virtuoso, which makes us even more delighted to welcome him at the last moment to the group of musicians performing at the Dream.Time festival.
Aboriginal Art Exhibition  

At this year's Dream.Time Festival there will be an exhibition of Aboriginal Art called 'Tingari Cycles'. The majority of these paintings are from the central region of the Australian desert and are known as Central Desert Art, Dreamings or Dreamtime Paintings.

During the Tjukurrpa, the period in time Aboriginals refer to als the creation era, Tingari ancestral beings gathered at a series of sites for Malliera, initiation ceremonies. They traveled vast stretches of the country, performing rituals at specific sites that in turn created the diverse natural features of the environment.

The creation stories and rituals are worshipped in the song cycles and ceremonies of today, forming part of the teachings of the post initatory youths, whilst also providing explanations for contemporary customs.

The Tingari can be considered as a group of mythical characters of the Dreamtime, who respresent the ancient and secret post initiatory higher education which Aboriginal men of the region undergo. Some of these teaching are conveyed in lengthy song cycles, or through the symbols and patterns of Aboriginal art. The meaning of these symbols are generally known, but every artist has its own personal interpretation of them. Therefore, only the artist can give a full explanation of the work. Given the sacred nature of these works, this will rarely be shared with non initiated people, but sometimes parts of the Dreamtime stories are revealed.

Paintings like these will be displayed during the exhibit. Featured artists include Johnny Warankula, Turkey Tolson, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Timmy Payunka and Clifford Possom, but works of lesser known artists are also on display. All of the paintings are from the Aboriginal Art & Instruments collection.


Dream.Time Events from Berlin, Germany has been organising events around Aboriginal culture for many years now. Their Berlin edition of the Dream.Time festival draws around 5000 visitors every year. This year they joined forces with Aboriginal Art & Instruments to give Amsterdam its own version of this successful event. Visit Dream.Time Events' website at http://www.dreamtime-events.de.

For those who haven't met us yet: Aboriginal Art & Instrument is an Amsterdam based shop that has been importing top quality didgeridoos for seven years. These authentic eucalypt didgeridoos are specially made for us in Australia. The musical quality of our instruments is known throughout the world. Apart from didgeridoos Aboriginal Art & Instruments has a large collection of Aboriginal art from both famed and relatively unknown Aboriginal artists, and offers a large variety of related articles and objects.

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