The Meeanjin Markets are the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artisan and cultural markets. These impressive markets are a free two-day event on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December. They're held in the heart of Brisbane City at Brisbane Square, Reddacliff Place adjacent to the Casino and Library buildings. It is a wonderful opportunity to buy authentic Indigenous products straight from the designers and talented artisan.
The Meeanjin Markets will have a wide range of vendors. Explore the market stalls for hand made art, craft and design - perfect for Christmas presents (or a little gift for yourself). I attended this market last year and loved it. My favourite stallholders (and there are many) include the Henderson Gallery for art, and Kadu design Earrings and Accessories (from whom I bought several pairs of stunning red, black and yellow earrings). My absolute favourite designer is Delvene Cockatoo-Coolins, a Straddie Island artist. This impressive woman designed the official medals for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - so make sure you check out her textiles, ceramics, prints, weavings and wall hangings.
Don't forget to indulge in some native Australian food and beverages, or bush tucker. There will be several food trucks and stalls. I can highly recommend both the First Food Co, owned by Karen, who is friendly and knowledgeable and Game Enough for fresh and unusual food to tempt you.
You will be entertained by live performers. You are sure to enjoy a showcase of great dancing, singing and performance by high quality. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. There is also going to be workshops and activities. There'll is plenty for the whole family to enjoy and kids are well catered for. Blackcard Cultural Tours is another company featured. I have joined them on a cultural tour to learn more about the indigenous history and culture of the area. Fascinating. Don't miss it. By the way, the Meeanjin Markets are kindly supported by the Brisbane Airport Corporation.