Organisers of next year’s Karijini Experience have made the decision to feature West Australian talent only because they do not know if State borders will be open. The annual showcase usually features more than 180 Aboriginal people from the music, art, theatre, and food industries who travel from all over Australia to perform at Karijini National Park. Set to headline the event this year before it was cancelled because of COVID-19 was 24-year-old Gamilaraay woman Thelma Plum, the highest-ranked Indigenous artist in any triple j Hottest 100 countdown. Previous headliners have included blues singer Archie Roach, acclaimed opera singer Deborah Cheetham, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, The Pigram Brothers, chef Mark Olive, didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins, and rock singer-songwriter Dan Sultan. Event organiser Sonia Powell said because of uncertainty around border closures, the decision had been made to focus entirely on WA talent for the 2021 experience and she was calling on performers to put their names forward. “In 2021 we’ll again be looking for a varied range of artists in a wide range of fields with connections to Aboriginal culture,” she said. “That could range from anything from children’s entertainers, to painting workshops and photography, musicians, chefs and performers and teachers of all kinds.” The Karijini Experience is set to run from April 6-10 next year.