Top events to catch at Quandamooka Festival this year

Quandamooka Festival is an annual celebration of the First Nations’ Quandamooka people throughout the Redlands, the southern Moreton Bay islands and Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Cultural traditions stemming from tens of thousands of years of living history are on show at this three-month festival jam-packed with events. 

Below is a list of some of the highlights, but you can read the full program here

Two Island Tribute 

17-22 July

Two Island Tribute is, as you would imagine, a tribute to the Cassim and Sandy Islands in Redland Bay. They host fragile ecosystems but are vulnerable to shoreline developments. This exhibition (held at the Frank Moran Memorial Hall Gallery in Kelvin Grove) aims to discuss the value of these sand islands through environmental, economic, aesthetic and cultural lenses. 

Winnam NAIDOC Kunjiel (Corroboree)

22 July

Enjoy a free family day of Aboriginal and Islander arts and crafts, as well as First Nations dance groups, to celebrate indigenous culture for the first of Quandamooka Festival’s corroborees. Sand art, cultural dance workshops, art workshops and food and craft markets will get you fed, educated and moving.

Get your free tickets here.

Yura Yalingbila Welcome the Whales

29 July

Celebrate the seasonal arrival of "yalingbila" (humpback whales) with this annual ceremony. From the headland at Point Lookout on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), enjoy whale-watching cultural tours, workshops, good food and Indigenous arts and crafts. Partnering with the Stradbroke Island Chamber Music Festival, Yura Yalingbila joins forces with international musicians and composers. Featuring the musical talents of Neil Murray and local female duo Blacksalt.

Get your free tickets here.

Connecting Waves: A Saltwater Woman Living on Desert Country

July - 5 August

When Elisa, a Ngughi woman from Quandamooka, is granted residency in Alice Springs, she discovers a disconnect between her coastal upbringing and now-desert environment. Her exhibition, Connecting Waves, explores her relationship to her old and new home, featuring woven and painted works to share the stories of her connection to the sand, sea and country. Catch it at Onespace Gallery in Highgate Hill, Brisbane.

Island Made Exhibition and Culture + Environment Day Boat Trip 

13 August

Island Made joins culture and the environment for boating day trip from Cleveland to Russell Island. Quandamooka storytellers and Coastcare volunteers share stories and knowledge of the islands and waterways while arts, cultural and environment activities culminate in a Welcome to Country dance on Canaipa (Russell Island). 

Deadly Voices: Spoken Word + Comedy Night with Sean Choolburra

13 August

Sean Choolburra is one of the country’s foremost indigenous comedians and he’s joined the Quandamooka Festival to talk history, culture and "being a blackfella" in Australia. Laugh it up with this celebration of spoken word. 

SeaWalls: Artists for Oceans - Live Murals Project - Saltwater Cinema with Sea Walls artists 

2-10 September

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a global public art program that connects ocean conservation with the streets. An ever-growing community of over 200 international contemporary artists have created nearly 300 murals in 12 countries since 2014. An Australian first, Quandamooka proudly partners with SeaWalls to celebrate our oceans and has scheduled a Saltwater Cinema community film night.

Kunjiel (Corroboree) Closing Ceremony

23-24 September

This Kunjiel is the closing ceremony for Quandamooka Festival this year and you’re invited to join us. Quandamooka Peoples host First Nations dance group to share a cultural experience and entertainment with dance, music, art and culture. Old and new friends are welcome to share in the fun of celebration.

This ceremony presents live music from Black Armband, Roger Knox & Band, Adam James Band and Joe Geia as well as Quandamooka spoken-word artists plus special surprise guests. 

Get your tickets here (cost involved)

Buangan Biyigi – Dolphin Day Festival 

30 September

For a truly indigenous education, join the Quandamooka Peoples at Pulan Pulan (Amity Point, Minjerribah) as they celebrate and teach about the local buangan (dolphin) and doomipidapee (koala) from a cultural and scientific perspective. Co-presented by Dolphin Research Australia, this family fun day includes traditional ceremony, song, dance, workshops, interactive art, talks and more. 

Don't stop now. Discover the whole Quandamooka Festival program here

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