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Venue Cultural Forecourt, South Bank

Dates From 26 Feb to 5 Mar 2013

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Clancestry is a festival celebrating the arts and cultural practices of the world's First Nation's Peoples. The festival draws on rich spiritual culture and provides a space to connect with other clan groups across the country and the globe. In presenting performances, workshops, free events and conversations the festival moves beyond transactional contact into deeper relationships between all peoples.

In its first year, Clancestry's major focus will be on Australia's First Nation's peoples - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

This year's program by guest curator Rhoda Roberts showcases both traditional and contemporary art forms across a number of genres, highlighting the continuation, revitalisation and dynamic evolution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia.

We invite you to celebrate country with us.   

Festival Highlights
Black Arm Band's dirtsong
Saturday 2 March, 8pm

Concert Hall, QPAC  |  Tickets* Adult $79, Concession $65 (transaction fee applies)
Direct from sell-out performances in New York, the phenomenal Black Arm Band perform dirtsong, a powerful musical journey through Australia's cultural heartland, as the headline event for Clancestry. Featuring Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Djolpa Mackenzie and William Barton, with special guests Jimmy Barnes, Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate), Natalie Pa'ap'aa (Blue King Brown) and Shane Howard (Goanna). BUY NOW.

Clancestry Conversations
26 - 28 February, 6pm

Various venues, QPAC  |  FREE
Clancestry Conversations present high quality conversations on important current issues and events, including Postcode Justice - When 'where' matters as much as 'what', Life Through Art - In Conversation with Rhoda Roberts and Kinship and Identity - Just who is black enough?. All conversations are FREE. Reserve your tickets now.

Opening Event
Friday 1 March, from 6.30pm
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank  |  FREE

Come and join us on the banks of Mian-jin (Brisbane River) for the opening ceremony to pay our respects to the local custodians. Be welcomed onto country by the Elders of Brisbane and immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Limited seating is available for the opening event.  Then sit back under the stars on the grassed area of the Cultural Forecourt for the first of the FREE concerts featuring one of Australia's most respected musicians at the top of the Australian Country Music scene, Troy Cassar-Daley.

FREE Family entertainment
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March, from 10am
Various venues, QPAC  |  FREE

Across the weekend, QPAC's Melbourne Street Green and Cascade Court will be alive with FREE workshops, performances and discussions. The Melbourne Street Green is a designated family-friendly area and will feature performances from a range of local cultural groups, children's activities and choirs, storytelling and traditional arts and crafts demonstrations. The Cascade Court program will feature a range of contemporary and traditional performances highlighting the rich traditions and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists.   

Clancestry Marketplace
Sunday 3 March, 10am - 4pm
Tunnel, QPAC  |  FREE

From artefacts to designer tees, Clancestry Marketplace presents an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional stallholders and artisans for one day only. Discover the emerging talent of students from the Griffith University Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art Unit, alongside authentic and traditional craftsmen and women.

Closing Event
Sunday 3 March, 6.30pm
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank  |  FREE
Gather on the banks of the Brisbane River and witness the diversity and artistry of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of our region. Their timeless songs, dances and stories will resonate in the early evening. Old and young people will share with pride the traditional culture of some of the Aboriginal clans from across Queensland as well as the culture of the Torres Strait Islands.   Limited seating available.

Visit the Clancestry website for more information.

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10:07 PM - 2/03/2013
By Piece of Coral
Thank you for Clancestry - I felt so proud to live here

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