Aboriginalarts & cultureCape York PeninsulaEFFINCUEfar north Queenslandindigenous


Far north Queensland is home to so many great cultural events — music, theatre, dance, visual arts. We’ve got it all!

The Tablelands Folk Festival at Yungaburra is one of our best known, and there’s the Wallaby Creek festival, the Cairns Ukelele Festival, the Evolve music festival at Mission Beach and more.

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair each August is becoming a big draw-card, but for me, the star turn is the Laura Dance Festival. It’s held every two years at a bora ground (meeting place) just south of Laura, on Cape York Peninsula. The festival has been running since the early 1980s.


Indigenous dance groups come from all over the Cape, travelling big distances to take part, and people come from all over the world to watch the dances. The population of Laura goes from about 100 to over 4000.

The festival is a great celebration of indigenous culture and tradition. Story, song, dance and a chance for insight into life on Cape York back then and now. And if you stay a while, you can enjoy one of the best country horse race meetings the following weekend – the Laura races.

The next Laura Dance Festival is in June 2013. Start planning your trip now. It’s a great way to begin your own Cape York adventure. More info on the festival at www.lauradancefestival.com

Listen to Shallyn Bloomfield talk about the Laura Dance Festival.


Shallyn is at the Quinkan Cultural Centre in Laura.

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