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The Laura Quinkan Dance Festival


Celebrating Culture and Recognizing History

 

Approximately 25 Dance troupes from across the Cape York will gather in our small community of Laura to showcase stories through dance routines, sharing history and uniting as one.

The township of Laura is the central meeting place for people from the Cape York, as well as being home to Australia’s most significant collection of rock art, it hosts another internationally recognised celebration of Aboriginal culture, the Laura Quinkan Dance Festival.

The dance festival grounds at Laura occupy the site of a very old, traditional Bora ground. It’s a respected and sacred site. Here, people from about 20 different communities located across the Cape York Peninsula come together to celebrate with music, dance, singing and cultural performances.

It’s a place and event where families meet new and old family members and exchange, rejuvenate and pass on knowledge and history.

The festival has been coordinated by several different organizations over the years and the Ang Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation is responsible for the event and has assigned Fievents as event organizers. This is a significant milestone for the traditional owners. 


What To Expect At The Laura Quinkan Dance Festival

  • Contemporary dance performances
  • Official handover of the Laura Dance Shield
  • Opening of the Cape York Arts Exhibition
  • Cape York Dance Competition Round 1
  • Careers Exhibition
  • Cultural Workshops
  • Music Festival
  • Cape York Dance Competition Finals
  • Official Winner Presentations
  • Closing Ceremony

What To Expect At The Laura Quinkan Dance Festival

  • Contemporary dance performances
  • Official handover of the Laura Dance Shield
  • Opening of the Cape York Arts Exhibition
  • Cape York Dance Competition Round 1
  • Careers Exhibition
  • Cultural Workshops
  • Music Festival
  • Cape York Dance Competition Finals
  • Official Winner Presentations
  • Closing Ceremony

Event Schedule

 

Friday

• Contemporary dance performance by the Laura Youth and Children; A showcase that re-enacts the Quinkan people. A collaboration with Anggnarra and Laura State School.
• Official handover of the Laura Dance Shield from Lockhart River to Laura Festival.
• Opening of the Cape York Arts Exhibition

 

Saturday

Cape York Dance Competition Round 1: All groups will be judged by appointed national judges who will come from various parts of Australia and are specialists in their fields.
Careers Exhibition: An opportunity to engage regional Indigenous businesses and service providers.
Cultural Workshops: A great opportunity to learn traditional customs from weaving, dancing and language.
• Music Festival: Be entertained through the night by Yothu Yindi and two local bands.

 

Sunday

• Official Presentation: Laura Winners
• Closing Ceremony

Laura Quinkan Dance Festival event organisers reserve the right to change the format of the above programme as required due to COVID and other circumstances.


Where is Laura?

You can get to Laura by road or by air. Approximately 4 hours drive north of Cairns on a fully sealed road surface.

You can fly into Cairns from any major domestic or international airport and then transit to Cooktown. From Cooktown you can drive by road to Laura. Approximately 1.5hr drive..

If you need a campervan or motorhome for the Laura Dance festival we recommend Camper Travel who are supporters of the event. Camper Travel works with all major suppliers to give maximum choice and availability, we guarantee the best rates and very high levels of customer service.

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