Archie Roach to headline 2020 Kangaroo Island Wildlife Carnival

TELL ME WHY: Headlining the 2020 Kangaroo Island Wildlife Carnival is Archie Roach AM with special guest Paul Grabowsky AO. Photo: Mushroom Creative
TELL ME WHY: Headlining the 2020 Kangaroo Island Wildlife Carnival is Archie Roach AM with special guest Paul Grabowsky AO. Photo: Mushroom Creative

The 2020 Kangaroo Island Wildlife Carnival will celebrate the glossy black cockatoo and feature indigenous music legend Archie Roach AM as the headline act.

Returning for its second year after a sell out crowd in 2019, Smart Future Creative in partnership with the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network will present the Wildlife Carnival, a celebration of our beautiful fauna that aims to teach us what we can each do to respect, honor and protect it.

The 2020 Wildlife Carnival will celebrate the glossy black cockatoo with an exciting line-up of mainland and local musicians, a panel discussion with global experts in wildlife protection, a makers' market showcasing some of the Island's best artisans and the opportunity to consume the finest of KI food and beverage.

The carnival is 3pm on Saturday, January 11 at Cygnet River Farm on Gum Creek Road. The Wildlife Carnival is a single-use plastic and smoke-free event. Organisers are still looking for donations for the charity auction.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Carnival organisers at the Islander Estate planning the 2020 event.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Carnival organisers at the Islander Estate planning the 2020 event.

"The Wildlife Carnival will be an annual event and we are aiming to attract to the Island high calibre performing and visual artists, and then combine this with the passion and talent of our local community, to showcase our place," Smart Future Creative director Sarah Kemp said.

"The aim is to grow the Wildlife Carnival from a celebration grounded in our local community, into an event with national and international reach.

Already we have had a fantastic amount of support from individuals, local businesses and the Kangaroo Island Council, without this support an event of this scale would not be possible."

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network president Katie Welz said the glossy black cockatoo is one of those species that many people feel a close connection to.

"Since 1996, the Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program has had good success in bringing this endangered species back from the brink, through improved nest success and by increasing feeding habitat near nesting areas. However ongoing funding is needed to help maintain these nesting sites and to conduct a census every few years to track how the population is going."

All proceeds from the charity auction will be donated directly to the Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program.

All proceeds from the sale of food, beverage and wine glasses will go towards the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network and their ongoing education programs including road safety brochures, which are now printed in multiple languages.

In 2019, the Wildlife Carnival raised over $5,000 and organisers are aiming to double this in 2020.

Headlining the 2020 Wildlife Carnival is Archie Roach AM with special guest Paul Grabowsky AO. Also featuring on stage will be singer songwriters Nancy Bates, Jimmy Bay and Alana Jagt, along with a selection of the Islands very own musical talent.

Archie Roach AM, 2020 Victorian of the year, who is one of Australia's most treasured performers. He has been recording award-winning albums for nearly 30 years and has received five ARIA Music Awards from fourteen nominations. In that time he has gifted us with a songbook of incredible import.

From his debut award winning album, Charcoal Lane, released in 1990 to his latest release Tell Me Why, he continues to write songs that get to the heart of what it means to be human.

And what he sees at the heart of humanity is love. His most recent album re-imagines eleven songs which have defined his extraordinary thirty-year musical career, alongside two songs that have never-before-been recorded, two songs of early-influence, and three brand new recordings.

Archie Roach's Tell Me Why show is of the most powerful and highly anticipated Australian stories ever told.

Not many have lived as many lives as Archie Roach - from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, to social advocate and First Nations leader - but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was.

Tell Me Why is a compelling account of resilience and the strength of spirit to overcome trauma whilst searching for a sense of belonging- and of a great love story.

In this intimate, moving and often confronting journey, Roach's story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal - and testament to the healing power of music.

It is also about his struggle to find the will to keep living following a debilitating stroke, lung cancer and the sudden death of his life partner of 38 years, Ruby Hunter - a highly acclaimed singer songwriter in her own right.

Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through song to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today - beloved and respected by fans worldwide.

Tell Me Why re-unites him with celebrated and multi award winning composer, arranger and producer Paul Grabowsky and debuted at number 7 on the Aria Music Charts.

Paul Grabowsky AO, is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor - and is one of Australia's most distinguished artists. He lived and worked in Europe and the US in 1980-85, during which time he performed with many jazz luminaries, including Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin.

He returned to Australia in 1986 and established a reputation as one of Australia's leading jazz musicians with bands such as his own trio and sextet, the Wizards of Oz, and as musical director for singer Vince Jones.

He was musical director of Tonight Live with Steve Vizard from 1990-1992. A lot of Paul Grabowsky's time is spent composing and arranging for various projects. He has been commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia, the Queensland Music Festival, the Australian National Academy of Music, and by various other organisations.

His work for the concert stage includes orchestral and chamber music, a song cycle and works for the Australian Art Orchestra. He has written three major stage works, and is currently working on a fourth one. In his large-scale works, Grabowsky integrates influences from many different kinds of music and musical cultures. Grabowsky has written the scores for over 20 feature films in Australia, the UK and US, including The Eye of the Storm and Last Orders (Fred Schepisi), Innocence (Paul Cox), and Shiner (John Irvin).

Among the many other filmmakers he has worked with are Gillian Armstrong, Nadia Tass and Clara Law. His television credits include the series Phoenix and Janus and the Emmy-winning Empire Falls. His works for the theatre include two operas and various multimedia works. He is the founder and artistic director of the Australian Art Orchestra, with which he tours both nationally and internationally.

Recent AAO projects have concentrated on collaborations with traditional and contemporary indigenous performers, something which Paul passionately advocates. He has won four ARIA awards, two Helpmann awards, several Bell Awards and a Deadly award. He was the Sydney Myer Performing Artist of the Year in 2000, and received the Melbourne Prize for Music in 2007.