The second annual Quandamooka Festival will be held from July to September this year.
The festival is about offering a unique opportunity for people to experience the continuing culture of the Nughi, Nunukul and Goenpul clans of Quandamooka, first-hand.
Events will be held across the Redlands and Brisbane, with activities planned for all ages. The festival includes cultural tours of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), art exhibitions and workshops, Traditional song and dance, Traditional tucker, music, spoken word, film nights, Black History month events, markets, ongoing whale watching tours, Quandamooka land & sea discovery days,and more.
Hear dreaming stories from Winnam (Wynnum), Narlung (Manly), Cullen-Cullen (Wellington Point), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Nandeebie (Cleveland), Canaipa (Russell Island), Jencoomercha (Macleay Island), Ngudooroo (Lamb Island), Coochie Mudlo Island, Turkroorar (Peel Island), Tangeera (Green Island), Noogoon (St Helena) and Bungumba (Mud Island) and deepen your understanding of this area.
The opening on 3rd of July on the waterfront at Goompi (Dunwich) will be spectacular with a Traditional Welcome, Song and dance, markets, workshops and numerous musical guests including the legendary Uncle Joe Geia. Geia is a Guugu Yimidhirr/ Kuku Yalangi Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander man, a renowned singer/songwriter and influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music, perhaps best known for his song and album of the same name “Yil Lull”. He writes music of bravery and beauty, telling of Aboriginal life in Australia, of the quest for justice and belonging, of history, family and love.
Returning again will be monthly Traditional tucker 3-course luncheons. The Quandamooka People traditionally harvested food from the sea and mixed it with spices that will tantalise your taste buds. Fresh, local meals available at great prices courtesy of the lovely local cooks at the Minjerriba Day Respite Centre.
Visit Quandamooka Festival Facebook page or the website for the full program of events. www.quandamookafestival.com.au
Photos of Yulu Burri Ba dancers courtesy of: Nikki Michail