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Harmony Festival - New Program for 2017!


What: Coffs Harbour Harmony Festival
Where: Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens
When: Sunday 26 March 2017 10am - 3pm
Cost: gold coin entry
Program & Parking
See the full Harmony Festival program and site map. There will be covered activity spaces so the odd shower won't spoil the fun.
Tips for parking - avoid the congestion around the front entrance and park closeby on Glenreagh Street to the east of Gardens or around Coff and Duke Streets to the west and enjoy a short stroll along the Coffs Creek Walkway to the festival site. 
Festival Line-up & Fun
 
X Factor’s Roshani headlines this years festival, whilst renowned Aboriginal singer/songwriter Glenn Skuthorpe also stops in on his national tour.  Juicebox, Jumbaal Dreaming and The Brothers will all be strutting their funky stuff amidst spirited performances from amazing local cultural and community groups from all corners of the globe and the municipality. 
 
 
Experience all day workshops including drumming, Aboriginal, Latin & African dance, yoga, circus, African cooking… a big creative craft space for young & old where you can make props including a huge rainbow serpent for the massive community parade climax at the culmination of the festival featuring a gigantic cross-cultural dance-off led by local legend Travers Ross. 
 

Plus so much more: cultural dress up photoshoots, cardboard cubby kingdom, traditional tea & coffee ceremonies and delectable cultural cuisine from seasoned stall holders to authentic home cooking.
 

Celebrating everyone’s journey to calling Coffs home, come and uncover your common ground –everyone is welcome!

For further festival updates follow our facebook page.

Entertainment includes:
Roshani:
In 2016, Roshani became the only completely independent artist to release their debut album on 60 Minutes Australia with a half hour profile piece, which aired as lead story for the year. Her album ‘Death, Love & Life’ debuted at #1 on iTunes and she had four songs in the top ten. The album received national airplay on Triple J Australia. Roshani was the only artist to perform an original work on the reality T.V show X Factor 2015. Subsequently her single ‘Paid In Ink’ shot to #1 on
the iTunes charts. Roshani also became a finalist in the Nashville based ‘International Songwriting Competition’ with the song ‘Paid In Ink’. Becoming one of 17 finalists in her section out of 18,500 entries worldwide.
Roshani currently lives in her Toyota Hiace Van (lovingly named “Snowy”) with her musician partner Tim and travels the country playing her original music anywhere and everywhere and we are delighted that she is one of our very special touring guests at Harmony Festival 2017.
More info: http://www.roshanimusic.com
 
Glenn Skuthorpe:
Find the crossroads of blues roots country and folk and you will discover Nhunggabarra, Kooma, Muruwari Aboriginal man and international touring singer Glenn Skuthorpe with his guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonicas in hand. The singer songwriter has carved a reputation as an exemplary lyricist and composer, travelling the world and sharing through music. Whether on the main stage or around the campfire, Glenn is a generous and exciting performer whose playing style is captivating and enveloping, engaging audiences in the stories behind his songs.
Glenn has performed on stages big and small with some living legends in his long career – including Steve Earle, Tex Perkins, Kev Carmody, Rory McLeod, Michelle Shocked and Buddy Miller and we are very excited that he will be stopping by with his band to play this year’s Harmony Festival as part of his Australian tour of his brand new CD “See My World”.
More info: http://glennskuthorpe.com/
 
JuiceBox:
JuiceBox are a local funky five piece that draw on their global roots and explorations, creating a musical celebration of Earth her diverse gifts and current challenges.  Described as “Bob Brown Meets James Brown” their Unique and original songs are infectious, so take off your shoes and get on the groove with JuiceBox.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/Juiceboxfunk/

The Brothers:
The Brothers are a dynamic local music group of 7 young men from various African backgrounds going from strength to strength.  Mixing their African roots with contemporary influences, The Brothers style of original music is upbeat and uplifting, guaranteed to move your body and make you smile. With plenty of festival gigs under their belt the group come hot off the heels of supporting international touring African artist Vieux Farka Toure on his recent Australian tour. Celebrate our rich local cultural diversity with our Coffs rising starts.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/TheBrothers54/
 
Rafiki Connection:
Rafiki Konnection are endeared members of our Coffs Harbour community who perform traditional dancing and drumming from Burundi. Traditionally the drums are made from the trunk of a tree with a cowskin top. This type of drumming is very sacred in Burundi. The word ‘Rafiki’ is Swahili for friend.  Enjoy their powerful rhythms and energy.
Soul Shakers:
Originally hailing from Liberia but now very much at home here in Coffs, the Soul Shakers are a troupe of very dynamic African dancers with incredible moves.