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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch
    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Quandamooka Festival 2017 celebrates culture, country and people

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Quandamooka Festival 2017 celebrates culture, country and people

    This weekend (23-24 September) the stunning sand island of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) will host a unique cultural celebration known as Kunjiel (Corroboree), the main event of Quandamooka Festival 2017.

    Speaking ahead of the event and representing the Premier and Minister for the Arts, the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said Kunjiel is a highly anticipated two-day event featuring contemporary and traditional Indigenous music, dance, arts and culture at the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) Campus in Goompi (Dunwich).

    Minister Enoch, a proud Aboriginal woman of the Quandamooka people, said the Queensland Government supports events such as Kunjiel as they are important celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and connection to country.

    “Our investment in Kunjiel and the Quandamooka Festival forms part of the government’s ongoing commitment to supporting cultural continuity and showcasing unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives,” Ms Enoch said.

    “The Queensland Government is pleased to provide funding of $115,000 for this year’s Kunjiel (Corroboree) – through Arts Queensland’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP), the Department of State Development, and Tourism Events Queensland – to support the development of an exciting program full of Indigenous music and entertainment that celebrates shared cultural experiences.”

    “Our government has an ongoing commitment to strong cultural continuity and creating economic opportunities by building sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts industries across the state through the $12.6 million Backing Indigenous Arts initiative.”

    Minister Enoch said that after beginning on 1 July, this year’s Quandamooka Festival will have staged more than 50 events across five locations, engaged over 125 Queensland arts workers, and attracted around 15,000 attendees and visitors to the region by the event’s conclusion on 30 September.

    “Kunjiel, the finale of the Quandamooka Festival, highlights the significance of First Nations peoples with traditional and contemporary music and performances by the Black Arm Band, Rochelle Pit, Chris Tamwoy, Troy Brady, Tio Massing, Joe Geia Trio, Yarrabah Dancers, Black Salt, Yulu Burri Ba Dancers and Adam James.

    “It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the sands, seas, lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures found across the Redlands and Moreton Bay islands from the perspective of the Quandamooka people,” she said.

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said the Quandamooka people had lived on Minjerribah for thousands of years and had a strong identity and culture.

    “Minjerribah is a stunning destination close to Brisbane’s mainland, a paradise held in the hearts of approximately 800,000 visitors per year, and home to some of the best land-based whale watching in the world.

    “Every year when whales migrate along the east coast, the Quandamooka people welcome both human and animal visitors with a traditional smoking ceremony, dance, and the telling of stories called Yura Yalingbila.

    “It is wonderful to see the Kunjiel and Quandamooka Festival dedicated to the promotion and preservation of local Indigenous culture,” said Mr Furner.

    The festival is managed by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and takes place in and around locations in Quandamooka Country, such as Moorgumpin (Moreton Island), Minjerribah the Southern Moreton Bay islands and South Stradbroke Island, as well as the mainland from the mouth of the Brisbane River, Wynnum, Chandler, Lytton, Belmont, Tingalpa, south to Cleveland and the Logan River.

    For Kunjiel bookings, program details or more information, visit quandamookafestival.com.au.

    For information about Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative and QASP, visit arts.qld.gov.au

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    MEDIA: Ben Doyle 0437 859 987 (Enoch); Neva Woolmer 0408 317 992 (Furner)