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Clearly Music, Arts and Wellness Festival to spotlight First Nations creatives

Phoebe Blogg -

Taking place in the coastal town of Kiama, this week Clearly Music, Arts and Wellness Festival will host its debut event.

Set on the waterfront setting of Kiama showground this all-ages music festival will feature a diverse range of artists and creatives.

Spotlighting the talent of some of Australia's top performing First Nations creatives, Clearly Festival will see iconic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd take to the stage as well as ARIA-nominated artist Emily Wurramara and Aunty Gwen, who will orchestrate the festivals welcome to country.

Co-founded by Dom Furber and successful First Nations model Charlee Fraser, the creative duo are thrilled to be bringing a diverse range of talent to the small seaside town.

"Clearly Music, Arts & Wellness Festival and the Clearer Workshop will provide a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their talents and connect with audiences from all over. We can't wait to see the positive impact this festival will have on the community this year and in the years to come," he said.

Artist Xavier Rudd. (Image: Supplied)

"I am so excited to be a part of the Clearly team, my job is to make sure that sustainability is a core foundation as we continue to build the festival. Dharawal Country is such a beautiful part of Australia and it is really important to us that we respect the land, and take care of the land," said Clearly Festival co-founder Charlee Fraser.

Striving to celebrate First Nation's creatives, Cleary Festival has announced $1 from every ticket purchased will be donated to We Are Warriors - an Indigenous social enterprise dedicated to celebrating blak excellence and empowering Indigenous youth.

Clearly festival lineup poster. (Image: Supplied)

Aside from the festivals traditional live music offering, another cornerstone of the annual event is a 1-day Clearer Workshop led by industry leaders.

At the centre of the workshop will be a conference and collaborative learning experience open to the public and held at Kiama's Pavilion on November tenth.

Designed to create clearer pathways to success for musicians, performers, songwriters, rappers, producers and DJs, the diverse line-up will offer attendees industry knowledge, artist development advice, and opportunities to help grow their projects and careers.

In a joint statement, Furber and founder of Be Here Nowra and the Baseline Happiness Project, Barron Hanson, share their intentions for Clearer Workshop.

"Clearer Workshop will provide emerging artists with a unique opportunity to gain industry insights, build valuable networks, and develop the skills needed to succeed in their careers. Through this exciting initiative, we are committed to supporting the growth of aspiring artists and fostering a sense of wellbeing and strength within the creative community."

Artist Emily Wurramara. (Image: Olive Jarvis)

As part of Cleary's commitment to inclusivity and diversity, ten Clearer Scholarships have been awarded to regionally-based artists, prioritising diversity, inclusivity and gender equality.

Clearer Scholarship winners will have their transport and accommodation to and from the Workshop covered, support and shout-outs across Clearly Music, Art & Wellness Festival social platforms and will leave the Workshop with a fully formed press kit. Alira Morgan and Paul Knox are two First Nations winners who have recently been awarded with this scholarship.

"We believe in nurturing talent and providing equal opportunities for artists from all backgrounds. By offering these scholarships, we aim to support emerging artists on their journey towards success while fostering an environment of inclusivity and diversity within the Workshop," said Clearly and Clearer co-founder Dom Furber.

Clearly Festival will take place at Kiama Showgrounds on November 11, 2023.

Clearly Music, Arts & Wellness Festival is made possible with a range of integral industry partnerships, including AIME, Natural Necessity, Be Here Nowra, Baseline Happiness, Werri Beach Boardriders Club, Rainbow South Coast and more.

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