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First Nation Peoples have managed their creative and cultural landscape, now named Queensland, for more than 70,000 years. Old ones and young, still continue the vital connection through their distinctive links to Land, Sky and Waters today, in all manner of ways.
Our First Nations program is created, produced and managed, by a team of First Nations Creatives; supporting new works in development, training and upskilling of new artists and arts workers, full scale stage works, celebratory festivals, and community events (such as NAIDOC celebrations and community festivals).
Our First Nations program is bold, resilient, and features fierce black work from local, regional and national First Nations artists. This program supports, empowers and elevates First Nations artists into positions where they can create work that explores love, life, celebration, loss, pain and grief through a black perspective.
Queensland’s two distinct cultures are showcased through the ancient uniqueness of their diversity and environment. QPAC’s First Nation Programming continues to deepen Queensland First Nations Peoples connections into mainstream industry with strategic leadership and partners, throughout our business supported by QPAC’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
This program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
See the First Nations events happening on stage at QPAC
QPAC’s Vision of ‘a lifetime of unforgettable live performances for all Queenslanders’ will be enhanced through the following Values of its First Nation Peoples Engagement Strategy which are: Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Relationships, Protection and Accountability
QPAC is committed to supporting the creative and cultural development of works created by First Nations artists from Queensland and across Australia
Take a deeper dive into our First Nations program, which features stories behind the works that explore love, life, celebration, loss, pain and grief through a black perspective
Look back at projects and events at QPAC
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Terrain is a breathtaking exploration of Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), our largest salt lake
From 5 to 13 Aug 2022
Queensland Theatre bring The Sunshine Club to the stage again for their 2022 season
From 9 to 30 Jul 2022
Connection to Place and Significance of Water to First Nations peoples lies at the heart of this exhibition
May to Nov 2022
Experience the photography of Jo-Anne Driessens that explores the gathering of First Nations people on these ancient lands
Until 30 Jul 2022
Face to Face by Emily Wells is a new work that explores traditional and contemporary First Nations’ identities through connection to country and community
An important theatrical piece that speaks of a future when our communities have been swallowed by the waters that surround them
An exciting new project with acclaimed author, Anita Heiss adapting the much loved Tiddas to stage
A community devised and created theatre work that tells the stories of the Torres Strait Island community
For First Nations playwrights - stimulate ideas, introduce elements of craft, and provide strategies for undertaking a brand-new script idea
Ancestrally connected performance work led by writer and director Alethea Beetson
SMOKE is a dance theatre work co-directed by Kirk Page and Jade Dewi TyasTunggal
Birmba explores the lives of Jawun (friends); Kakubaka, Jankaji and Junkurrji who share their personal journeys through song, dance and yarns
Meet Aidan Rowlingson – a Event Support Officer in the First Nations Team at QPAC
Meet Casey Coolwell-Fisher – the Artist responsible for QPAC's Clancestry artwork
Playwright Hannah Belanszky is one step closer to staging her script
2021 marks 13 years since the National Apology and this anniversary event is hosted by Link-Up (Qld)
Professor Judith McLean in conversation with Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page
OUR land people stories: Learn about how the work tells three very different stories of Australia’s cultural heritage
Jarjums Life Museum is a museum made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jarjums
Explore songs, dances and languages, linked and cared for by each person who has connection to that country
Award winning poet Samuel Wagan Watson reflects on the South Brisbane of his childhood and his family’s history in the place where QPAC now stands
QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country was held at QPAC in May 2022, featuring over 2 weeks of gatherings, workshops and live performances
2022 marks 14 years since the National Apology and this anniversary private invite only event is hosted by Link-Up (Qld)
Bangarra Dance Theatre enters into its fourth decade with a powerful new contemporary dance program curated by Artistic Director Stephen Page
From 17 to 21 Aug 2021
Clancestry – A Celebration of Country 2020 will still come together in the digital world and smaller numbers to celebrate the deadliness of our culture and the need to care and celebrate this country, especially at this time
Clancestry – A Celebration of Country was held at QPAC in November 2019, featuring over 2 weeks of gatherings, workshops and live performances
A diverse program of work, part of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s landmark 30th anniversary season
From 23 to 31 Aug 2019
Ghenoa Gela’s provocative and moving production will take you on a reflective journey about cultural inheritance, politics and family
Until 22 Jul 2019
Showcased the evolution of Aboriginal song and dance in South East Queensland
From 12 Mar to 1 Jun 2019
An Indigenous dance theatre piece by choreographer and performer Taree Sansbury
From 5 to 8 Feb 2020
The world premiere of CO_EX_EN, a riveting new dance creation by Thomas E.S. Kelly comes to QPAC’s Playhouse Studio in 2020
From 12 to 15 Feb 2020
Celebrating and paying tribute to Eddie Mabo and the landmark High Court decision
Creating an opportunity for a small collective of First Nations musicians to be in a creative development process
Explores the traditional and contemporary world of First Nations dance through the creative and cultural exchange of practising artists
A collaboration between ILBIJERRI Theatre and Black Drum Productions, tells a story from Saibai Island of the Torres Strait
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.
Some material may contain terms and information that reflect individuals' views or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded. These views are not necessarily the views of QPAC.
QPAC acknowledges the ownership of any Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property will remain with the relevant owners or custodians of such Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.