Indigenous Cultural Program

The Indigenous Cultural program features free workshops, didgeridoo master William Barton, Warren H Williams & The MSB Didge Kids.


Sneak Peak Performance Schedule (Full details will be advised in final program):

Tuesday 19 September:  Take your seats in the Winton Shire Hall for the spectacular Opening Concert featuring  William Barton, Warren H Williams & the MSB Didge Kids
Wednesday 20 September:   See Warren H Williams perform on the Main Stage.  Join the MSB Didge Kids for their Didgeridoo workshops.
Thursday 21 September:   Watch Warren H Williams & the MSB Didge Kids perform on the Main Stage
**Please see Performer Bios below**


Pop up Art Show

Includes Art Exhibition Gallery, free workshops and Art for sale by local Indigenous artists.
Dates: Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd September
Venue:  Elderslie Street (next to Australian Hotel)
Sponsored by Queensland Arts Showcase Program

Daily Indigenous art workshops (free) – paint on canvas and Australian Aboriginal artifacts (eg didgeridoo, boomerang, clap sticks).  Open to all ages.  Sessions limited to 10 participants each.
Daily session 1:   10.00am to 12.30pm
Daily session 2:    1.30pm to 3.30pm
Registration: From 18 September at the Pop Up Gallery Shop, Elderslie Street
Contact: Margaret Sing – 0427 624 433, Jim Hill – 0427 492 716 or the Outback Festival Office – 0429 806 140





Performer Bios

William2 copyWilliam Barton

We are delighted to announce that William Barton will feature in our 2017 Indigenous Cultural program.  William is widely recognised as one of Australia’s Leading didgeridoo players and composers.  He has composed works for didgeridoo and orchestras, string quartets, jazz and rock bands as well as collaborative contributions with some of Australia’s leading composers.

Major Commissions include writing for members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony as well as for contemporary dance company’s such as the Leigh Warren and Dancers which the work Breathe was premiered at Womadelaide and at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012. In 2008 the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony committee commissioned William as one of three composers for the Australian segment of the ceremony which was broadcast to a world wide audience.
William has performed as a solo artist as well as collaboratively with orchestras, string quartets and mixed ensembles, traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands. He has recorded 5 albums and contributed to several more recordings with notable artists both domestically and internationally.

Warren_H_WilliamsWarren H Williams

Warren H Williams is one of Australia’s most highly dedicated Aboriginal musician and songwriter from Hermannsburg in Central Australia.  Warren started playing guitar at the age of six with his father Gus Williams and has gone on to win and be nominated for many music awards during his career, collaborating with the legendary John Williamson, Amos Morris, and emerging artist Dani Young to name just a few.  In 2007, Warren H Williams wrote the first ever Central Australian Indigenous musical “Magic Coolamon” and in 2015 Warren made his directorial debut, writing and directing two episodes of the Aboriginal television series “Our Place” for ICTV.
Warren H Williams is also the longest serving broadcaster on CAAMA  (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) Radio.


MBS Didge Kids[1]The MSB Didge Kids

Far North Queensland’s skilled group of 12 high school students from Mount St Bernard College have been sharing their culture and diverse musical talents around Queensland since 2015.  In 2016 with a talented and dedicated group of parents, teachers and Principal behind them, the MSB Didge Kids undertook a very successful two-week Queensland tour, performing 13 shows at 12 schools over 8 school days and travelling over 4,000kms. One of the many tour highlights for students was their performance on centre stage at Dream World on the Gold Coast. Following that show, the production company responsible for staging the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games have approached the Didge Kids to discuss an opportunity to be a part of an ‘Indigenous in local communities’ groups performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  We are so excited for you to meet the talented MSB Didge Kids at the 2017 Outback Festival!