Byron Bay Bluesfest

Kids Program

Bluesfest Kids Activities 2016

Bluesfest are proud to incorporate our kid’s activities into the Boomerang programme for 2016.

Kids entertainments: As usual we will have the fabulous Shorty Brown on site each day with a performance from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Boomerang dance circle and roaming throughout the festival during the day. Shorty Brown has travelled all over WORLD…Entertaining…Playing……and bringing the SHIZaaaaammmmm to kids of all ages and will delight the Bluesfest families with her own style of play.

RIGHT NOW – Shorty Brown is the most well known clown in our local town… All the kids in Byron Bay know Shorty Brown the clown…The silliest clown in this town.

Washed Up Project This:  is one for the kids. You can also learn how to make a turtle from reclaimed and washed up materials.

Sonja Carmichael recycles marine waste; ANgugi woman form Stradbroke Island Sonja gathers Un-gaire (swamp reeds) and grass fibres as well as nets, ropes, plastics and other materials such as marine debris that have been discarded into the ocean and found washed up on the beautiful shores of Minjerribah. With these materials, she utilises traditional weaving techniques, creating hand woven baskets and showing kids how to make turtles. Collecting the debris her works directly respond to current environmental concerns regarding the preservation of the natural environment by transforming the discarded materials into functional and contemporary artworks.

The weaving workshops will be held daily in the healing tent. When you weave you have an instant connection to country as your using local flora hearing age old stories and reflecting. Weaving is an important cultural practice for both men and women. Intricately woven fibre baskets were traditionally highly prized for their practicality, and today treasured for their aesthetic excellence.. Participants will learn the basic technique of varying styles from coiling to matting while developing an understanding of cultural importance of weaving and fishing techniques used by the Aboriginal community in this region. Weave a bracelet, basket, mat, and or a simple net to catch fish’

Open to all ages, relax and join the weaving circle.


Bluesfest will also provide a space in the Boomerang Section for breastfeeding and nappy changing.