Past Event

MAYI Festival + Bourke Artist Residency

May 27, 2022 12:00 pm
Bourke, NSW

Arts & Cultural Exchange + Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (BACHS)

MAYI means People/s in the Ngemba Language, the Country this festival will be held on.


Bourke Artist Residency, Monday 23rd to Friday 27 May

Bourke Artist Residency and MAYI Festival came to Bourke this May! The 5 day community wellbeing and arts engagement program featured a week of intensive skills development workshops for youth facilitated by the initiative’s artists in residency. These free workshops were from a range of disciplines, including music production, live sound engineering, photography and videography, as well as storytelling, writing and poetry.


MAYI Festival, Saturday 28 May

This program was concluded with an electrifying large-scale artsculture and music festival headlined by some of Australia’s best Hip-Hop and Rap artists such as Barkaa, Kobie Dee and JK-47.

The event also featured local talent including: The Voice AU 2022 featured band Castlereagh Connection; local act Bell River Band.



Headlining performers included: Malyangapa Barkindji rapper and winner of FBi’s 2020 SMAC Awards for the ‘Next Big Thing’ Barkaa; Gomeroi hip hop star Kobie Dee; and Minjungbal/Gudjinburra rapper and Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year JK-47.

The event also featured local talent including: The Voice AU 2022 featured band Castlereagh Connection; local act Bell River Band.

A partnership between BACHS and ACE

The Festival brought together other service providers, organisations, community groups and critical individual community members to help rebuild safety and connection by spreading community awareness about key BACHS services.

Additionally, BACHS partnered with the Deadly Blues/Maroons public health campaign to bring trailblazing campaign ambassadors and NRL players to the Festival to help improve community health outcomes through education.

MAYI Festival was a collaboration between Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service for Healing Country and Community and ACE. MAYI Festival was funded and supported by the Department of Health (cth) and the Biennale of Sydney to provide the Bourke Community with a day of harmony and promote BACHS services in health care – building trust & engagement. MAYI Festival Artist Residency was delivered in partnership with Arts & Cultural Exchange. The MAYI Festival Artist Residency was made possible by the support of the Crown Resorts Foundation and The Packer Family Foundation.



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