All that glitters in Broken Hill, just got a mega-charge of star power, with the announcement that acclaimed Australian singer, Christine Anu will be headlining the Broken Heel Festival this September.
Buckle up your boas divas, it’s going to be a festival with star-fired strut! An indigenous icon, Anu’s award-winning career spans 25-years across music, theatre, dance, film and television. It’s the first time the singer, made famous for her recording of My Island Home has performed at Broken Heel, historically famous for its dynamic Drag acts and devilish delights in the birthplace of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Festival Director Esther La Rovere said the addition of Anu was an incredible coup for the outback’s gathering of glitter. “The Festival is growing rapidly each year. To have Christine Anu headlining the program is really significant for us. What an iconic talent to have as part of our annual pilgrimage,” said Ms La Rovere.
Anu won’t be the only indigenous star on the program for 2018, this year’s Festival is celebrating strong cultural inclusion with the announcement of a mentorship for young indigenous performers. “We have two sassy young girls joining us this year through our new mentorship,” said Ms La Rovere.
“This program gives them a week’s access to an experienced Drag Queen to give them a positive insight into the art of drag. It’s designed to help them further their art and enable them to grow within the drag community and provide a solid platform to grow as performers,”
“The Festival is certainly expanding. We have unprecedented numbers last year, and we now have people returning each year because they know how unique and entertaining it is. And the word is really starting to spread. We had a float in the last Mardi Gras Parade and not only the drag community, but the broader Australian community know about us, and respect what we create as a Festival.
“It’s great to be able to then give back and nurture the talent of the future, particularly in the space of indigenous talent cultivation,” added Ms La Rovere.
The 2018 Broken Heel Festival runs Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September. For more information and full program, visit: www.bhfestival.com.au for details.
Image: Christine Anu (supplied)