Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | May 12, 2021

Scroll to top


CIAF shines a light on Queensland’s Indigenous Art and Culture

CIAF shines a light on Queensland’s Indigenous Art and Culture
Lily Hirst

The 11th Iteration of the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair is live and online from Friday the 14th of August till Sunday the 23rd.


Christened as “The Cultural Evolution”, the ten day program is stacked with 40 individual events, activities, exhibitions and more, that can all be streamed live from the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s digital platform and the CIAF Facebook page.


The festival kick starts at 6pm on Friday 14 August, with an opening ceremony hosted by Elaine Crombie. The ceremony features musical performances from local musicians Merindi Schrieber, harpist Natalia Mann and Zennith, along with short presentations from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Governor of Queensland Paul De Jersey AC, CIAF First Nations Patron Henriette Formille, Cairns Mayor Bob Manning, CIAF Artistic Director Janina Harding and Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land.


Highlights of CIAF include the 2020 Fashion Showcase “Water is Sacred” from 7pm to 8:30 on the 21st of August. The showcase, curated by Simone Arnol and Bernard Singleton and choreographed by Hans Ahwang, features seven new collections, all designed with a climate change message in mind. The collections fuse sustainability with wearable art and design, with a heavy focus on contemporary culture and dance. Models parade the innovative designs on “nature’s catwalk”, taking full advantage of far North Queensland’s picturesque waterways and beaches. There’s also a conversation on Queensland Indigenous Fashion earlier in the day from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.



If fashion isn’t really your thing however, you’re still bound to find an activity from CIAFs packed lineup that piques your interest.
Take a weaving workshop on Saturday the 15th or learn the intricacies of spear making on August 20th.


If you love music, you can catch Harold Bowen and band perform live on August 17th, or the Wujal Wujal Dalken Band on the 15th. There’s even a story time session for the kids on Sunday the 23rd.
Best of all, you can participate in all these great activities from the comfort of your own home.


The Details:
When: Starting at 6pm on Friday the 14th of August and ending at 6pm on Sunday the 23rd
How much: Free
Anything else: A full program of the festival can be viewed right here on the CIAF website. 



Image 1 credit: Colyn Huber, Lovegreen Photography
Image 2 credit: Colyn Huber, Lovegreen Photography