Folk Art Festival
Heath Bergersen was invited to the World-Melody International Folk Art Festival in Mongolia held in Ulaanbaatar and Khentii Province in September 2007. Heath was
accompanied by Manager, Beverley Webb and filmmaker, Samantha Bergersen of Inselberg Films. Associate and colleague Gordon Bronitsky of Gordon Bronitsky &
Associates, Albuquerque New Mexico initiated this invitation after meeting Heath at an international conference in June 2006. Gordon toured the Fernando Cellicion
Traditional Zuni Dancers from New Mexico to the festival in 2004 and felt that Heath's talent on the didgeridoo would be ideal for this folk festival.
Heath is the first Australian Indigenous Performer ever to be invited to perform in
Mongolia and this will surely pave the way for other Indigenous performers to attend future festivals. The Festival is now in its fourth year and participants will
came from Italy, Taiwan, Russia, Japan, USA and various regions in Mongolia
This was enormous opportunity to expose Australian Indigenous Talent to the
world stage and to network with possible promoters for future festivals and events. Heath is an acclaimed didgeridoo player and actor, articulate and at ease with people on any level and is a
wonderful ambassador for the Australian Indigenous people.
Heath and Beverley were asked to give a presentation to the children and students of Mongolia as part of their
participation in the Festival. Heath used face painting and didgeridoo instruction with the aid of pipe lengths to
enable the children to experience how the didgeridoo is played. Beverley assisted Heath and provided information on Australia generally and Indigenous Culture particularly.
Samantha Bergersen of Inselberg Films accompanied Heath and Beverley to film and document the Festival
generally and Heath's performance and workshop specifically. A documentary DVD of the Festival will be available in the near future.
Altain Orgil Electro Folk Music
Buriad of Russia Folk Group
Etugen Music Group
Khan Khenti Group
Lion Dance Taiwan performers
Mandakh na Ensemble
Heath and Naranbat performing together
Naranbat Heath and Bodar with Aboriginal Flag