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Clancestry Festival 2013

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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A celebration of country
Clancestry is a festival celebrating the arts and culture of Australia's First Nation's Peoples. This inaugural event, presented by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Tourism and Events Queensland, will showcase both traditional and contemporary art forms from Queensland's Aboriginal clans and Torres Strait Islanders. Future festivals will invite other clans from around the country and the world to participate.


Taking place from March 1 to March 3, the first festival will feature free performances, workshops, and activities held at various venues across South Bank.

Friday, March 1


Be welcomed by the Elders of Brisbane on Friday, March 1 at 6:30pm on the banks of Maiwar (Brisbane River). The opening ceremony will be followed by a free concert featuring Troy Cassar-Daley at the Riverside Stage, Cultural Forecourt.

Saturday, March 2

Saturday's festivities include free activities for children, traditional arts and craft demonstrations, local cultural groups, storytelling, and a choir; from 10am to 4pm at the Melbourne Street Green.

South Bank will come alive on Saturday night with a free, two-hour hip hop concert featuring The Chooky Dancers, Darky Roots, Impossible Odds, and more. The show starts at 7:30pm at the Cultural Forecourt's Riverside Stage.

Headlining Clancestry on Saturday night, Black Arm Band will perform their most recent production, dirtsong. Featuring Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Djolpa Mackenzie and William Barton, with special guests Jimmy Barnes, Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate), Nat Pa'ap'aa (Blue King Brown) and Shane Howard (Goanna), dirtsong will be performed in eleven different traditional Aboriginal languages. The concert commences at 8pm at the Concert Hall, QPAC. Tickets start at $65. To purchase tickets, click here.

Sunday, March 3


On Sunday, visitors to South Bank will be able to browse the Clancestry Marketplace, held in QPAC's pedestrian tunnel from 10am to 4pm. Buy bush tucker, clay bead jewellery, or an original painting by a local artist.

Clancestry will close on Sunday evening with a moving performance of traditional songs, dances, and stories from local Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. The closing ceremony commences at 6:30pm on the banks of the Brisbane River.

For more information, visit the Clancestry website.
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Why? Celebrate Australia's Aboriginal culture
When: March 1 to March 3, 2013
Where: South Bank
Cost: Free except dirtsong by Black Arm Band
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