Thursday July 24 to Sunday July 27 will see the fifth annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF). This is a celebration of the incredible wealth of Queensland Indigenous art and culture.
The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and other key art and cultural hubs across the city will play host to an exciting program of 30 events and activities (the majority of which are free) incorporating art fair, visual art exhibitions, fashion, music and dance performances, concerts, markets, children’s activities, talks, workshops, food and more.
CIAF CEO, Alison Copley, said this year’s event provides a significant beginning to the national art fair and festival circuit featuring the extraordinary talent of dancers, musicians, fashion designers and some 300 visual artists from art centres and galleries across Queensland and interstate. Interestingly, CIAF is the only art fair in Australia that is a pure showcase of Queensland’s Indigenous arts and culture combining both commercial galleries and art centres.
“It all starts with our Opening Party at the Cruise Liner Terminal on Thursday 24 July. This is when the city will come alive to the rhythms of traditional dance and song with Yidinji, Biddigul, Arpaka and Maluilgal dance groups along with solo performances from Earl Rosas, Jason Guivarra-Jia and Charlie Mallie that culminate in a special performance by the Songs of Austranesia musical ensemble. With multi-instrumentalist Wil Kepa and vocal arranger, Rubina Kimila at the helm this stirring finale will incorporate over 15 language groups and eons of culture reinforcing the sense of spirit and place,” she said.
With a sense of celebration in the air following the previous evening’s events, day one, Friday 25 July, starts at 9am with the CIAF Symposium followed by the opening of the Art Fair to the public at 11.30am. The day closes on a high note with the very special UFLA YUMPLA Fashion Performance choreographed by talented emerging designer, Grace Lillian Lee. This will be held in Shed 2 of the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal from 8pm.
The keystone of day two, Saturday 26 July, is UMI Arts’ much-loved annual event, Big Talk One Fire in Fogarty Park. Sunday, 27 July is the final day of this year’s program and has a focus on food and sustainable farming practices with the Gimuy Fish Festival in Fogarty Park from 11am. A highlight of this event is the Chefs Cook Off featuring three local chefs whose fish based dish will be put to the taste test of the visiting public. A vote by the festivalgoers on the best dish of the day will decide the winner. Music and dance at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal will put a close to the final day of this year’s CIAF at 3.30pm.
Keep up to date on Facebook (Cairns Indigenous Art Fair) on Twitter, or download and view CIAF 2014 program of events at www.ciaf.com.au.
And, of course, if you are visiting Cairns, Rydges can look after your accommodation needs at Rydges Esplanade Resort, Rydges Tradewinds or Rydges Plaza.
Photo: From Untitled by Sue Pascoe