Kuranda, known as Ngunbay (meaning place of the platypus in the local Djabugay language), is a small vibrant town of creative souls nestled in the World Heritage listed rainforest of Far North Queensland. Kuranda’s denizens are an eccentric mix of indigenous Djabugay, Bulway and Tableland tribes, cattle farmers, hippies from the original Aquarius generation, world gypsies and their numerous offspring.
Kuranda’s roots run very deep. For countless millennia the Djabugay and Bulway people have called Kuranda home. It is an honour to be able to hold Kuranda Roots Festival on their sacred land and to have them share with us their culture, their dance and their music.
To the Djabugay people, the "Creation Era" (The Dreamtime) describes the events surrounding the making of the world. In Djabugay country, Bulurru is the "spirit of creation, the sacred past, the word and the law to be followed". As the Bulurru ancestors journeyed across the land, stories, songs and ceremonies were recorded and have been passed down from generation to generation. The greatest ancestor of all is Gudju Gudju - the Rainbow – who could transform into ancestors such as Budaadji, the carpet snake.
Kuranda Roots is now in it’s 12th year and is a celebration of music and creative culture aimed at bringing together people from all generations and all walks of life in one love and unity. From humble beginnings at the fantastic Kuranda Amphitheatre, Roots now calls The Billabong home – a rambling ranch in the hills only 3km from town with comfortable campgrounds surrounded by forest. The festival spans two days, with a program featuring an exciting array of bands, DJ’s, dancers, workshops, a market village and is very family friendly.
Over the years artists as diverse as the UK’s Mad Professor & Mungo’s HiFi, NZ’s Cornerstone Roots and Olmecha Supreme and Australian favourites Archie Roach, Opiuo, Combat Wombat, OKA, Dubmarine, Kingfisha and so many more, have made the journey up to the rainforest to perform in what some say is “the best little festival in Oz”.