Aria-nominated artist Emily Wurramara will open the 2022 Milbi Festival at the Sunset Launch event on Friday, bringing residents and visitors together for an afternoon of entertainment to celebrate culture and community.
To be held at Nielson Park Beach from 5 pm, participants will begin the festivities with a Welcome to Country while food vans and entertainment from Emily will be offered up to the crowd.
Originating from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, Emily is known for her 11-track album called Milyakburra, which is educating and informing in both English and Anindilyakwa languages.
The critically acclaimed 2018 album features the emotive Lady Blue and Black Smoke which has been played on rotation on Triple J, ABC Local and spent 10 weeks in the AMRAP charts.
Emily has performed on many global stages including Woodford Folk Festival, Bluesfest, TEDX Sydney, GARMA, Port Fairy Folk Festival, BIGSOUND and International Folk Alliance showcases in Kansas, Canada and New Orleans, as well as, shows in Chicago, New York, Paris and more.
She has also toured and played with iconic artists including Archie Roach, Mavis Staples, John Farnham, Busby Marou, Coloured Stones, Missy Higgins, Shellie Morris, Jessica Mauboy, Cat Empire and John Butler.
Emily is a six time Queensland Music Award winner, she was selected for the AMP Tomorrow Maker Award and won AIR Award’s Best Blues and Roots Album of the Year.
Sunset event launches 10 days of Milbi Festival
Bundaberg Regional Council's Arts and Culture portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the Sunset Launch was the first in a line-up of activities, shows, workshops and events part of 2022 Milbi Festival.
“What a fantastic way to celebrate the start of Milbi Festival, surrounded by friends and family at beautiful Nielson Park Beach, listening to the wonderful sounds of Emily Wurramara,” he said.
“This is a free event that requires no booking so gather the family together and head along to celebrate what's to come for this year's amazing festival!”
Milbi Festival Sunset Launch
Date: Friday 28 October
Time: 5 pm – 6.30 pm
Location: Nielson Park Beach, Bargara
Find out more about the Milbi Festival's tours and events here.