Sun | Trades Hall - Festival Club
Melanesian Ukulele Strumming workshop 10am
Sun | Bowling Club | 2pm

The Black Orchid Stringband is made up of musicians and activists from the West Papuan community in Melbourne who use music to maintain the spirit of national unity in the West Papuan struggle for freedom. With an emphasis on rhythmic ukuleles and big harmonies, the group's music draws on the rich backlog of songs written and archived in the spirit of cultural survival and political expression of West Papua.

The Black Orchid Stringband acknowledges the past and present Papuan elders who pioneered in the role of arts and culture through music to inspire us today and future generations.

"Their musical skill mixed with passion for their cause and an innate exuberance for life is an irresistible combination.” Kamuke Ukulele Magazine