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Acclaimed First Nations artists Roger Knox, Shakaya, Electric Fields, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks and Joe Geia will be heading to Minjerribah (otherwise known as Stradbroke Island) this August to perform at the annual Quandamooka Festival.
Adelaide electronic duo Electric Fields say, “We’re really looking forward to being a part of this very special cultural celebration on the beautiful Stradbroke Island, thank you for the invitation!”
The spoils of Quandamooka talent will be displayed with performances from local musicians Sachém, Nix Grose and Maibre Grenfell. Sachém Parkin-Owens is a powerful poet, orator, rapper and singer-songwriter. Nix is a passionate and proud story teller driven by connection to culture & country, while Maibre is a soulful, guttural vocalist who performs punchy acoustic sets.
The Saturday opening acts will be Benny Maza and Georgia Corowa from fresh Blak music label, JMZ. Artists Keely and CKNU will also be there to deliver music straight from the soul.
The festival returns in 2022 as a three-day event to the coastal region east of Brisbane, showcasing local people, culture, music and place. The array of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events and art will include a two-day music program, kicking off on Friday, August 26th.
The 2022 event will be three packed days, each featuring a program of activities to immerse visitors in Quandamooka Culture through music, Kunjiel (corroboree), with dance groups coming from across south-east Queensland and northern NSW, food stalls, artisan market stalls, storytelling, insights into cultural heritage and caring for Country and much more.
A short ferry ride from the mainland, the festival is easily accessible from South East Queensland and is a unique opportunity to learn more about Country; the sands, seas, sacred lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures found across the Redlands and Moreton Bay islands from the Indigenous peoples’ perspective. It offers the privilege to experience the continuing 20,000 year-old culture of the Nughi, Nunukul and Goenpul clans of Quandamooka, firsthand.
CEO Damian Miley said, “QYAC is excited to be holding the Quandamooka Festival again for the first time since 2019. We are looking forward to welcoming our community and visitors to country to celebrate Quandamooka, art, culture, music and people”
When you are at the Quandamooka Festival, you become immersed in one of the oldest living cultures on earth, become socially engaged in Caring for Country, and enjoy the thrill of experiencing a variety of wildlife in their natural environment.
With three days full of exciting activities and two evening concerts, the Quandamooka Festival 2022 has something for everyone. The music program will be running on Friday 26th August from 5 to 9pm and Saturday 27th August from 12 to 10pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.
The Quandamooka Festival 2022 has received funding from Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Tourism and Events Queensland and Redlands City Council.