Origins - Festival of First Nations
The 2011 Origins Festival is now over.
We'll be back in 2013.
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Explore the world’s indigenous cultures
Over two summer weeks, Border Crossings is bringing to London some of the world's foremost indigenous musicians, theatre-makers,
visual artists, film-makers and cooks, to exhibit and explain, to perform and inform, to debate and celebrate.
We hope to lead you into extraordinary adventures, experiences and cultural encounters. Most of our artists are being seen in London for the first time,
and they are bringing sights, sounds and stories which originate far from any beaten track.
First Nations are ancient cultures – including Aboriginal Australian, Inuit, Māori, Mayan, Native American,
Pacific Islanders, Papuan, Saharawi, and Gaelic. But an ancient culture is not a dead culture, and the artists
in Origins are not purveyors of museum pieces and tourist tat. Rather, these are artists whose deep cultural
roots give them powerful and specific viewpoints on the key issues of the current moment:
on climate change and human rights, on migration and globalisation. So Origins is more than an international
arts festival: it is a space for dialogue between First Nations artists and London audiences
There's something here for everyone – something truly different – encounters that you will always remember.
As the Māori say
Tēnā koutou katoa – welcome everyone