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Indigenous Australian dance companies perform at the Honolulu Festival

We look forward to welcoming back Indigenous Australian dance companies Jaran and Wagana to the 23rd annual Honolulu Festival from 10 – 12 March 2017.  The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural event, promoting understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region.  Each year the Festival draws thousands of new and returning spectators and performers, and includes educational programs and activities held at the Hawaii Convention Center, dance performances and art demonstrations throughout Waikiki.

The Jaran Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Dance Company will return for their fourth appearance at the Honolulu Festival and Wagana will be here for the second year in a row.  In addition to their festival performances, both groups will undertake cultural outreach programs in the Hawaiian community, including a visit to the Kamaile Academy, an arts integrated public conversion charter school in West Oahu with a native Hawaiian focus.  Jaran and Wagana’s performances will include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dances; the didgeridoo; traditional face painting and the telling of traditional Dreamtime stories.  Other community performances will be held at Punahou School and the Ala Moana Center.