The Ruby Hunter Foundation has been established by her family in her memory to honour that dream by organising a festival featuring Aboriginal performers and showcasing their tradition and culture by sharing it with the wider community in a safe alcohol, drug free environment. It will be a celebration of her life, her love of performing and her love of the Aboriginal culture. She and her partner, Archie Roach took this love to the International stage and people they met throughout her travels, became life- long friends. She influenced so many people and was an inspiration and role model to her people.
Auntie Ruby was an advocate against domestic violence and was a champion in the fight for recognition on behalf of the Stolen Generation. She and Archie raised over thirty foster children and gave them a sense of purpose, direction and unconditional love. They also encouraged them to embrace their culture and reach their own potential.
Auntie Ruby's dream was not only to showcase Indigenous Australians on the big stage, but to provide the opportunity for young Aboriginal people to access classes, workshops and scholarships, to study art and learn the skills necessary to make a successful career in the entertainment industry.
The festival is designed to embrace the Aboriginal culture and share it with the wider community. Workshops will also be a feature of the festival and will be open to everybody.
The Riverland NO:RI Music Festival has the potential to be one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Australia and will attract people from around the state, interstate and overseas as its fame grows. It will bring international focus on the Riverland in South Australia and onto the Aboriginal people. Famous Australians like Peter Garrett from Midnight Oil, Jessica Mauboy and Troy Cassar Daley have expressed interest in performing at the two days festival to honour Ruby and her dream.
Because the Indigenous Australian Community does not often showcase their multiple artistic skills and traditions on a wide scale, this festival will provide an amazing opportunity to share their culture with people from other nationalities, around Australia and overseas. Auntie Ruby and Uncle Archie frequently toured Japan and had a huge following. It is also hoped that at future festivals other cultures will share their traditions on the big stage . The festival is designed to attract attention to the diversity in the community and to extend the hand of friendship and understanding.
To date, the Riverland NO:RI Music Festival committee, has received numerous expressions of interest from people wanting to be part of the festival and to be allowed to honour the remarkable lady they knew as Auntie Ruby.
Traditional dancing, didgeridoo playing and displays of traditional arts and crafts, will be featured at the festival. The proceeds from this event will be going into trust, to fund the workshops and training programs, for young Indigenous Australians.
The Ruby Hunter Foundation and the Riverland NO:RI Music festival committee, will be running fundraisers throughout the year to help raise money to put the festival on. The festival committee is working in partnership with the councils and the police and other authorities to make it the premier family friendly event appear on the events calendar every year.