2011 RISE Festival – Melbourne, 15 October – Not a protest, more a celebration …

West Papuan group Yile Yale on the big screen

Yile Yale from West Papua were among a rich program of musicians and other performers at the 2011 RISE festival at Federation Square on Saturday 15 October. The event was a bit overshadowed by Occupy Melbourne, and the audience, which to start with looked like being quite large, shrank drastically when a prolonged heavy shower hit the square just as things were really getting into a swing. And this was a pity, because there was a lot on offer, from traditional music of West Papua and Bali, through hip hop (including a guest appearance by US duo The Narcicyst and Omar Offendum, here for the Melbourne Festival) and spoken word, even a fashion show, the whole produced by RISE and compered by Fear of a Brown Planet’s Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain.

The accompanying footage (being processed), along with the photos below, represents only part of the first half or so of the event, which is also pity, but hopefully is better than nothing, which seems to be what the mainstream media have provided…
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