QPAC recognises the significant role First Nations Peoples have contributed and continue to contribute to Queensland’s historical, creative and cultural landscapes.
We respect the diversity of Queensland’s two distinct cultures. We seek to work towards furthering a deeper connection with First Nations Peoples of Queensland through leadership and development, in both our business and programming.
Our First Nations program is bold, resilient, and features fierce black work from local and national First Nations artists. This program supports and empowers First Nations artists to create work that explores love, life, celebration, loss, pain and grief through a black perspective.
This program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
As our ancestors have done for thousands of years before us, we come together to create, connect, and share.
We’re back in full swing for 2022! Clancestry – A Celebration of Country will take over QPAC from 14 February to 5 March 2022 celebrating everything that is beautiful, black and deadly about our First Nations Peoples.
Clancestry is proudly run by Australian First Nations Peoples and supports over a hundred First Nations artists every year.
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
On August 22, 1770 a tall ship with white sails - captained by James Cook - unfurled a Union Jack on what is today called Possession Island. 250 years later, we have some questions
From 15 to 18 Feb 2022
Stand up and join Bart Willoughby, Tasman Keith, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Barkaa and Ancestress in this one night only event
22 Feb 2022, 7pm
Fun outdoor events for young and old alike celebrating community, music, cheekiness and deadliness!
14 to 28 Feb 2022, From 6pm
On every Saturday across Clancestry, an outdoor event for young ones on the Melbourne Street Green
19 Feb to 5 Mar 2022
QPAC’s audience favourite will run across Clancestry on Friday night’s during the Festival in 2022
11 Feb to 4 Mar 2022, From 5:30pm
Don't miss multi-ARIA award winning singer-songwriter, actress, and Voice Coach, Jessica Mauboy
5 Apr 2022, 7:30pm
Queensland Theatre bring The Sunshine Club to the stage again for their 2022 season
From 9 to 30 Jul 2022
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Terrain is a breathtaking exploration of Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), our largest salt lake
From 5 to 13 Aug 2022
SMOKE is a dance theatre work co-directed by Kirk Page and Jade Dewi TyasTunggal
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
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
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. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country