YURA! Quandamooka Festival Opening Celebrations

YURA! Quandamooka Festival Opening Celebrations


Posted 2017-06-29 by May Crossfollow

Sun 02 Jul 2017

"Yura" means welcome and you are welcome to share in the Quandamooka Festival's Official Opening Celebrations. They will light the first fire with a Traditional Smoking Ceremony and Yura. 'Water' is the Festival's theme this year and its importance is recognised as the life-giving element. Waters and oceans connect peoples, nourish the environment and give life to all living things across lands and seas.

Where: Ron Stark Oval, 2 Ballow Rd, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island The park is on the waterfront just next to the ferry. You can go to Straddie as a foot passenger so there is no need to take your car on the ferry (unless of course you want to see more of the stunning island).

Join in on Opening Day by the water's edge. The day will feature song, dance, traditional tucker, markets, workshops and more. Entertainers include Guest First Nations' artists from Melanesia. Enjoy music by Australia's consummate contemporary song-man Troy Jungaji Brady.

Emergent singer/songwriter Emily Wurramara will be present. Emily is the QMusic Indigenous Artist of the Year 2017. Her songs reference her home,Groote Eylandt in NT, where she grew up fishing, listening to Dreamtime stories of dolphins and the islands. She sings in both English and the traditional language of Anindilyakwa.

The day will set the tone for a taste of things to come in the next three months of the winter festival. The Quandamooka Festival is an annual three-month calendar of events from July to September on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

Quandamooka people live and work in the region with cultural traditions stemming from tens of thousands of years of continuous occupation. The Quandamooka Festival is an opportunity to learn more about the sands, seas, lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures found across the Moreton Bay islands. You can participate in a range of 55 activities and events including whale watching cultural tours,

Full details of events and activities at the Festival's website:

www.quandamookafestival.com.au/ #features

NAIDOC Week runs 2 to 9 July 2017.

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