Jessica Mauboy Headlines 2019 Quandamooka Festival

September 8, 2015 by mettroquand4

“Yura. Join us and discover the ancient traditions and contemporary voices of the people of land and sea, the Quandamooka.”

Australian pop favourite Jessica Mauboy leads a stellar line up of local and national stars, including Baker Boy, Dan Sultan, Thelma Plum, Roger Knox, the Mornington Island Dancers and Nix, at this year’s Quandamooka Festival.

This iconic Queensland event, 1 June – 31 August 2019, invites the broader community to celebrate the living history, knowledge, stories, arts and culture of the Nughi, Nunukul and Gorenpul clans, known collectively as the Quandamooka People of South East Queensland.

Over our perfect sub-tropical winter, festival-goers will experience dynamic dance, music, art exhibitions and workshops, cultural whale watching tours, kunjiel (corroborees), Indigenous sports, insights into cultural heritage and caring for Country and much, much more.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation CEO Cameron Costello said the festival has a tradition of inviting First Nation performers from across Australia and the world to perform on Quandamooka Country.

“This year’s program brings the superstars of Australian music together with the next generation of performers in a series of magical events showcasing the depth and diversity of contemporary Indigenous culture,” Mr Costello said.

“I can’t wait to see Jessica Mauboy mixing it up with the Mornington Island Dancers and the expressions of our community’s aspiring rap stars as they take in the spoken word wisdom of Baker Boy.

“And of course, alongside the edgy offerings of contemporary culture, we will be encouraging the public to learn and engage with traditional dance, songs and stories that reveal more than 60,000 years of knowledge, cultural heritage and caring for Quandamooka Country.”

Mr Costello said festival events took place throughout Quandamooka Country, with a special focus on stunning Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

“Festival kicks off on 1 June with Yura (welcome), the opening event at Goompi (Dunwich) and the perfect morning to immerse your family in the rich heritage of the Quandamooka, with dance performance and lessons, weaving workshops, story and song sessions with Elder and Songman Joshua Walker and much more,” he said.

“Then as the sun sets, DJ Salty Beats, Nix and Baker Boy will set the stage alight during the evening concert.

“Everyone looks forward to Yura Yalingbila (Welcome the whales). Quandamooka people have a special relationship with humpback whales, one of our sacred moieties, and for more than 60,000 years we have been welcoming them as they pass the Minjerribah coastline.

“Yura Yalingbila, 2 June at Mooloomba (Point Lookout) is the traditional welcoming of the whales ceremony and a wonderful way of connecting today’s generation with the ancient past.

Other highlights are Buangan Biyigi (Dolphin Day) at Amity Point, 6 July, the Winnum (Wynnum) NAIDOC Kunjiel, 20 July, and the closing event, the Goompi (Dunwich) Kunjiel, 31 August.

“This year our dancers have thrown down the challenge to the best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance troupes across Australia to join us on the island to stomp the earth at the ultimate dance competition,” Mr Costello said.

“Dancing with the stars won’t have anything on this event.

“And then of course, to bring the entire festival to a close, and the island to a standstill, we will have the beautiful voice of Jessica Mauboy and the soul of Dan Sultan. I can’t wait.”

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Watch traditional dance, listen to ancient stories and song, join a collective weaving circle, enjoy native foods reimagined in modern dishes, learn how to throw a boomerang, follow in the footsteps of the ancestors as part of a bush tucker tour, take home unique arts and craft from Indigenous markets and meet and learn from our Elders.

10am-2pm, Saturday 1 June
Deanbilla Bay
Goompi (Dunwich), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)



Australian rap star Baker Boy headlines a line-up of emerging and established First Nation and Quandamooka performers in this concert celebrating contemporary Indigenous voices. Other performers include Thelma Plum, Roger Knox, DJ Salty Beats and Nix.

Watch the sun set over the bay, enjoy modern Quandamooka cuisine and browse the bespoke gifts of the Indigenous marketplace, while experiencing some of the most exciting new voices on the Australian music scene.

BOOK NOW. Tickets $50 / $20 (conc) / U5s free
5.30-10pm, Saturday 1 June
Deanbilla Bay
Goompi (Dunwich), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)



For more than 60,000 years the Quandamooka People have welcomed the humpback whales as they make their way past Minjerribah on their annual migration from Antarctica. Be transported back in time as the Yulu Burri Ba dancers, under the guidance of acclaimed Songman and Elder Josh Walker, perform the rituals of their ancestors and greet the whales on their passage north.

Mooloomba has the best land-based whale watching in the world with the lucky visitor able to view more than 200 whales pass the headland from dawn to dusk on a good day.

Yuru Yalingbila also features arts and craft activities for the whole family, including a weaving circle, food trucks, markets stalls and storytelling.

10am-2pm, Sunday 2 June
Mooloomba (Point Lookout), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)



A celebration of local Quandamooka culture, the popular Winnam Kunjiel (Wynnum Corroboree) brings together First Nation dancers and musicians, including Scott Darlow, in this family-friendly day overflowing with arts and craft, markets, storytelling, language classes, traditional sports and food trucks.

10am-2pm, Saturday 20 July
George Clayton Park, Winnam (Wynnum)



The challenge has been set – the best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers from across Australia will travel to Minjerribah in an attempt to bring home the inaugural Quandamooka Festival Cup. Witness the passion and skill of these remarkable dancers as they revive ancient techniques with individual flair.

Once the dancing is done, Australian rock super stars Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan, will bring the festival to a close in an intimate concert under the stars with the sea as their stage.

10am-2pm (kunjiel) and 4.30-10pm (concert), Saturday 31 August
Deanbilla Bay
Goompi (Dunwich), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)