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YURA! Quandamooka Festival Opening Celebrations

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim and have live in the Queensland Outback. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and event in my own backyard.
Celebration of indigenous culture on Straddie
Experience indigenous culture on Stradbroke Island at Yura! Quandamooka Festival Official Opening Celebrations and ceremony on Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 pm.

Quandamooka Festival
Quandamooka Festival 2016 poster - Image from website

Yura (Welcome) will begin a 3-month festival celebrating Country, Culture and People. The day will see the lighting of the first fire with a Traditional Smoking Ceremony and Yura (Welcome)!

Quandamooka Festival
Kunjiel (Corroboree), Quandamooka Festival 2016 - Image from website

'Water' is the festival theme for 2017 as the Quandamooka recognise its important "life-giving element as waters and oceans connect peoples, nourish the environment giving life to all living things across lands and seas." The First Nations' people of the region, the Quandamooka peoples, live and work in the region with cultural traditions stemming from tens of thousands of years of continuous occupation.

Quandamooka Festival
Quandamooka Festival - Image from website

Visitors are invited to share with the Quandamooka people the Festival opening day by the waters-edge featuring song, dance, traditional tucker, markets, workshops and guest First Nations' artists from Melanesia. Enjoy music by Australia's consummate contemporary song man Troy Jungaji Brady, and presenting emergent singer/songwriter Emily Wurramara setting the tone for a taste of things to come in the next three months of our winter festival.

Emily Wurramara
Emily Wurramara - Image from website

The Quandamooka Festival is a unique opportunity for visitors to learn more about the sands, seas, lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures found across the Redlands and adjacent Moreton Bay islands. It will be presented from the Quandamooka people's perspective as well allowing visitors to participate in a whole range of activities and events including whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, eco boat tours, art, weaving, bush tucker dining experiences, speaker's forums and symposiums and collaborations with First Nations peoples from around the world.

Quandamooka Festival Official Opening Celebrations takes place on the island's waterfront at Ron Stark Oval in Dunwich. This is easily accessible for the day or longer by ferry or water taxi from either or the Stradbroke Flyer water taxi.

To help with planning for numbers please register if you are going.

Stradbroke Ferries
Stradbroke Ferries

Visit the Quandamooka Festival website for more details of the day and all festival events.
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Why? Yura! - Quandamooka Festival opening ceremony
When: 2nd July 2017
Phone: 0409 327 166
Where: Ron Stark Oval in Dunwich.
Cost: Free entry
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