• Thursday

Welcome To Country

One of the highlights of every Bluesfest is the Opening Ceremony. With the 'Welcome To Country' featuring song and dance from the traditional custodians of our beautiful Bluesfest location – the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation. "Always respect country. Look after country. Don’t harm this country." This message is important and we invite you all to join with us to acknowledge the Bundjalung people, country and culture at this year's 'Welcome To Country' on Thursday, 1st of April starting at 2:45 PM at our main stage, Crossroads. This ceremony is always a rich and enlightening start to your Bluesfest experience. This year will be especially powerful as the first artist on stage following the ceremony will be rising star and uber-talented Bundjalung indigenous hip hop artist JK-47 - a last-minute and very very welcome addition to the Bluesfest 2021 lineup.