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The annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair – better known by its acronym CIAF – is in a transition stage. Since its inception in 2009, CIAF has proved its worth, and the value of the Queensland Government funding that has supported it. It’s brought indigenous artists together from the furthest corners of far north Queensland, and attracted visitors from all over the world to Cairns. It’s established its economic and cultural credentials.

When the new Queensland Government took office last year, it decided it was time for CIAF to stand on its own financial feet. As a result, this year’s event is somewhat smaller than previous Fairs, but still offers a strong line-up of exhibitions, cultural events and music. And Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker announced in Cairns today that CIAF will be back next year with a full program, but being run by a not for profit company that will be formed in the months ahead. The Government will still offer some financial support, but the company will have to bear most of the cost.

There’s a strong musical theme in this year’s CIAF event – Tony Hillier celebrates some of that music in this week’s Tony Hillier’s World of Music Click on the red arrow to LISTEN


Caroline from Dan Sultan’s 2010 album Homemade Biscuits

Hot Topic from Zennith’s 2010 album Nothin’ To Lose

Old T.I from Seaman Dan’s recent release Still On Deck

TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine

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