Friday, 4 May 2018

Time your trip to Queensland around an event

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
Quandamooka Festival, Brisbane
June-August 2018
Explore the Quandamooka Coast - the sands, seas, lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures – during the Quandamooka Festival, held over three winter months in the Redlands and Southern Moreton Bay islands region and North Stradbroke Island. With up to 55 events, including whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Tropical North Queensland
13-15 July 2018
The Tropical North Queensland city of Cairns is an ideal setting for this culturally important and vibrant art market. It's considered to be the only art fair in Australia to welcome commercial art galleries and Indigenous art centres to sell and showcase works by Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Held at the Cairns Cruise Liner terminal, the event is framed by the waters of the Cairns Trinity Inlet, and rolling mountains and land of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people. The three-day fair features a vibrant program of events, exhibitions, dance and theatre.

Bunya Spirit of Youth, Sunshine Coast
24-26 August
An event very much in its infancy and inspired by the traditional custodians of the Blackall Range, the Bunya Spirit of Youth is a new race event that takes place over two days through the the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where groups will complete a 22km trail and a variety of team-building activities while competing for more than $18,000 in prizes. An initiative of Run Queensland, in partnership with the QCCC Mapleton and the Jinibara people, it's a celebration of the coming together of people with an aim to teach resilience, aboriginal culture, nurture connection with the land, connection with each other and test individuals comfort zones.

Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival, Torres Strait
12-14 September 2018
Perched on the tip of Queensland's northernmost point, Thursday Island comes alive every two years when local Torres Strait Islander communities converge for the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival. Expect elaborate traditional dresses, spectacular headdresses and handheld instruments as dance teams from different islands tell ancient stories, passed down and told through the medium of dance.

Cape York Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, Tropical North Queensland
July 2019 (TBC)
It's been 40,000 years in the making, but Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is an Eisteddfod like no other – celebrating the oldest living culture in the world in one of the largest gatherings of Australia's indigenous communities. Staged in the town of Laura, situated on the Cape York Peninsula, this biennial gathering draws 5,000 people from across Australia and up to 500 performers. The dust flies, the dance begins, and all you'll hear is the roar of the dance troupes as they bring ancient stories to spectacular life.  

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