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the festival 2011
The Merrepen Festival offers a full weekend of activity, so it's worth planning to make a weekend of it in the beautiful Daly. Highlights of the weekend are the Saturday night concert, the Art Sale and Art Auction on Sunday, and the Fi Weaving Tours. There will also be a special exhibition in the Art Centre of work by two of Nauiyu's best loved artists, Grace Kumbi and Kieren McTaggart.

Tom E Lewis
Black Arm Band

The Concert - Saturday 3rd September
Tickets $20 / $15 concession children under 15 years free. Tickets will be on sale at the Art Centre during the festival and at the gate on Saturday night. The concert will start at sunset. Bring a blanket or some folding chairs and a picnic basket.

Tom E Lewis
Tom E Lewis is one of the Northern Territory's best known and best loved Indigenous actors and musicians. Since 2001 he has combined his individual stage and screen career with his work in the community of Beswick where he is Artistic Director of Djilpin Arts and their Walking With Spirits Festival.

Best known for his Australian film roles, Tom E. Lewis also has a distinguished career in music. Most recently he performed at this year's huge UK Glastonbury Festival. Tom's $2 song won Port Fairy's best original song in 2001 and went on to feature on his debut CD Sunshine After Rain which won Music Release of the Year in the NT Indigenous Music Awards 2006.

murundak - The Black Arm Band

murundak Songs of Freedom from the Black Arm Band celebrates 30 years of contemporary Indigenous music. The Black Arm Band is comprised of the pioneers of contemporary Aboriginal music and some of the emerging greats who have inherited their legacy. Together, these artists form a collective of voices that has been touching hearts and minds across the country and abroad.

Featuring songs such as We Have Survived, Took The Children Away, Treaty and From Little Things Big Things Grow, 'murundak celebrates the anthems of Aboriginal Australia that are etched deep into the history of this country.

Artists coming to Nauiyu for this performance are Steven Pigram, Emma Donovan, Lou Bennett, Djolpa Mackenzie and Bart Willoughby with a six piece band.

The Emu Sisters

The sisters are from Wadeye. The singers are women who sing in one of the rarest languages in the region called 'Murringarr'. They are part of the new wave of artistic cultural 'maintenance' and use their music as an instrument of language and cultural preservation. The Emu Sisters provide an honest and enduring musical inspiration that is rare to experience anywhere but the Northern Territory.

The Nauiyu Boys

Local favourites, The Nauiyu Boys are a group of emerging musicians from the community who will have you rocking along to their original songs.

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