2024 FESTIVAL ARTISTS
Over the past decade William Koiki Mabo has explored both aspects of his cultural identity, having the rigid discipline of Torres Strait Culture complimented by the free expression of his Aboriginal heritage. After receiving a Didgeridoo in 2011 from family, William decided to learn to play. In October 2013 the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Review required groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait sailors to perform for the dignitaries from across the world. Being the only didgeridoo player in the navy at the time he was required to join the group for two weeks of training in Nowra, NSW, where he would meet and be mentored by prominent performers of the Donooch Dance Group. William is a self-taught didgeridoo player and has performed at AFCM, and with many bands and dance groups, ceremonies and meditation workshops over the years.