Clancestry - A Celebration of Country 2014

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Clancestry - A Celebration of Country is an annual festival hosted by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, celebrating the arts and cultural practices of the world's First Nations Peoples with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In 2014, the festival was presented between 18 February - 23 February

The Hon. Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, meeting with Nunukul Yuggera dancers before their performance at Clancestry.

Aunty Maroochy Barambah waiting side stage before beginning her Welcome to Country

The crowd in attendance for the Opening Event of Clancestry - A Celebration of Country

Aunty Maroochy Barambah, a representative from the Toorbul Nation, performing a Welcome to Country during the Opening Event.

Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers on stage during the Opening Event of Clancestry - A Celebration of Country

Malu Kiai dancers from the Torres Strait Islands, featuring crowd favourite little Zakius dancing up a storm at the Opening Event of Clancestry - A Celebration of Country.

Malu Kiai Mura Buai on stage performing during the Opening Event of Clancestry - A Celebration of Country

Zakius Matthew from Malu Kiai Mura Buai performing during the Opening Event for Clancestry - A Celebration of Country

Dancers from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts performing a contemporary dance piece inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Dancers from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts performing a contemporary dance piece inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Dancers from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts performing a contemporary dance piece inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Song Circle - Yarns in Song, a collaborative concert featuring reputable Country Music artists (from left to right) Troy Cassar-Daley, Archie Roach, Warren H. Williams and Shane Howard

Tiga Bayles from 98.9fm interviewing Opening Event Curator, Rhoda Roberts

Malu Kiai Mura Buai on stage rehearsing for the Opening Event of Clancestry - A Celebration of Country 2014

An audience member taking a picture of the Song Circle - Yarns in Song concert

Warren H. Williams performing for the media at the Media Call during the morning of Friday 21 February

(from L to R) Warren H. Williams, Archie Roach, Shane Howard and Troy Cassar-Daley during the Clancestry Media Call

Dancers and singers from Urab and Zogo Tudi travelled from the Torres Strait Islands to perform during Clancestry - A Celebration of Country 2014

Urab Dancers from the Torres Strait Islands

A dancer from Zogo Tudi performing during the Clancestry Media Call

Clancestry - A Celebration of Country Conversation Series

"Big Story, Little Story" - A chance for a panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reflect on large national narratives that on impacted them individually. (Pictured - Uncle Graham Brady)

Wesley Enoch, Chair of the Clancestry Conversation "Big Story, Little Story" and Dr. Chelsea Bond, the curator of the Clancestry Conversation Series for 2014.

Clancestry Pathways Concert
Kelsey Strasek-Barker and Bernard Fanning playing in the Clancestry Pathways concert on the cultural forecourt in Brisbane

John Phillips performing his original song during the Clancestry Pathways concert with Bernard Fanning accompanying him on stage

Clancestry Pathways Participant Kelsey Strasek-Barker with mentor Bernard Fanning prior to the concert

Clancestry Pathways mentoring program participants performing at the live concert on Saturday at Clancestry Festival.

Yawar - A Gathering

Badjtala Dancers approaching the Nunukul Yuggera Dancers with a message stick, a traditional method of communication often used between groups who didn't speak each other's language.

The message stick symbolises that the visiting group comes with no malicious intentions.

The crowd in attendance for Yawar - A Gathering

Dancers from Mornington Island and Doomadgee performing together as part of Yawar - A Gathering

A dancer from Mornington Island performing with a Doomadgee Dancer

For the finale, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups that participated in Yawar - A Gathering performed together a well-known Aboriginal dance that symbolises both "Hello" and "Goodbye"

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