MAYI Festival + Bourke Artist Residency - Information & Cultural Exchange

MAYI Festival + Bourke Artist Residency

Arts & Cultural Exchange + Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (BACHS)

MAYI means People/s in the Ngemba Language, the Country this festival will be held on.

Bourke Artist Residency, Monday 23rd to Friday 27 May

Bourke Artist Residency and MAYI Festival are coming to Bourke this May! The 5 day community wellbeing and arts engagement program will feature a week of intensive skills development workshops for youth facilitated by the initiative’s artists in residency. These free workshops will be from a range of disciplines, including music production, live sound engineering, photography and videography, as well as storytelling, writing and poetry.

MAYI Festival, Saturday 28 May

This program will be concluded with an electrifying large-scale arts, culture and music festival headlined by some of Australia’s best Hip-Hop and Rap artists such as Barkaa, Kobie Dee and JK-47.

The event will also feature local talent including: The Voice AU 2022 featured band Castlereagh Connection; local act Bell River Band; with more to be announced.

Headliners:

Headlining performers include: Malyangapa Barkindji rapper and winner of FBi’s 2020 SMAC Awards for the ‘Next Big Thing’ Barkaa; Gomeroi hip hop star Kobie Dee; and Minjungbal/Gudjinburra rapper and Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year JK-47.

The event will also feature local talent including: The Voice AU 2022 featured band Castlereagh Connection; local act Bell River Band; with more to be announced

Tickets On Sale Now:

Residency Artists:

Austin Benjamin is a music producer and label manager based in Sydney, his label TRACKWORK works with the likes of Snoee Badman, T-Breezy and Walkerboy. 

Dayvis Heyne is a photo-journalist and independent photographer who has a knack for capturing enduring images that celebrate youth cultures in all their diversity.

Shannon O’Riley is a Sydney based Audio-Engineer and co-founder of the Western Sydney based live music initiative House Warming Collective. Shannon has worked with artists including Halsey (USA), Blacklisted (USA), Nails (USA), Confession, Deez Nuts, Wreath, Cursed Earth, Kublai Khan (USA), Tigers Jaw (USA), The Presets, Camp Cope and many more. 

A partnership between BACHS and ACE:

The Festival brings together other service providers, organisations, community groups and critical individual community members to help rebuild safety and connection by spreading community awareness about key BACHS services.

Additionally, BACHS has partnered with the Deadly Blues/Maroons public health campaign to bring trailblazing campaign ambassadors and NRL players to the Festival to help improve community health outcomes through education.

MAYI Festival is a collaboration between Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service for Healing Country and Community and ACE. MAYI Festival is funded and supported by the Department of Health (cth) and the Biennale of Sydney to provide the Bourke Community with a day of harmony and promote BACHS services in health care – building trust & engagement. MAYI Festival Artist Residency is delivered in partnership with Arts & Cultural Exchange. The MAYI Festival Artist Residency is made possible by the support of the Crown Resorts Foundation and The Packer Family Foundation

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