About UQ NAIDOC Music Culture Art Festival

Blue Water Empire 2018

We invite you to celebrate this year’s NAIDOC theme, “Voice, Treaty, Truth”, with talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers, artists and dancers. The UQ NAIDOC Music Culture Art Festival will feature the exhibition Weaving the Way, curated by Freja Carmichael at UQ Art Museum. Grab a bite at the on-campus food trucks.

Blue Water Empire 
Episode 1: 1:00–1:50 pm
Episode 2: 2:00–2:50 pm
Episode 3:  3:15–4:05 pm

Watch this three-part dramatised documentary series for unique insights into the history of the Torres Strait Islands. Traversing the pre-colonial era through to contemporary times, this compelling history is centred on the key stories told by men and women of the region. The series explores how Torres Strait Islanders have sustained their cultural heritage throughout the impact of 200 years of European settlement. 

Who We Are – Brave New Clan  
4:15 pm

Six extraordinary young Australians share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia. From the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait, their stories span a diverse population across the country and yet share common themes of resilience, courage, optimism and success. Featuring: James Saunders, Miranda Tapsell, Harry Sabatino, Joshua Toomey, Kim Isaacs and Kaylah Tyson

Weaving the Way: Curated by Freya Carmichael
Tours 1:50 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Weaving the Way brings together senior artists, communities and emerging makers from the Southeast to the Far North of Queensland who partake in a common practice and translate personal and shared messages. Many threads of story are interwoven as part of the process of making and are captured in the finished works. Organised into three themes, the artworks trace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander narratives around ancestral ways, matrilineal connections and inextricable ties to the lands and waters. 

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