Clancestry Festival makes a grand return to QPAC for its 10th anniversary from the 8th to the 12th of November. The festival is jam-packed with an exciting program of live events, activities, concerts workshops, theatre and children’s events, all of which celebrate everything that is beautiful, Blak, and deadly about First Nations arts and culture.
First Gathering is a celebration of the vibrant First Nations cultures of Brisbane and marks the opening of the Clancestry Festival in 2023. This event invites you to pay respects to the ancestors of this land, their spirits, and their legacy in an hour-long celebration of dance, song, and culture! Head to Cultural Forecourt at QPAC from 5:30pm to join in on all the opening day action.
William Barton Sky Songs
Come on an incredible musical journey, as master musician William Barton transports you to a sonic world, transcending time, and space. William is a Kalkadunga man whose powerfully moving music will take you to the deep past, the future, to the majestic Australian landscape and the almost unimaginable wonders of the cosmos. This is a highly anticipated Clancestry event you don’t want to miss. Grab your tickets from $79pp - $99pp here.
Face to Face By Emily Wells
Face to Face is an intimate drama about two women navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country, and criticism from your community, your family, and above all, yourself. You can grab your tickets to this incredibly powerful performance for $49pp here.
Song Circle will see five incredible artists on stage together sharing stories and songs. We're talking Shane Howard, Troy Cassar-Daley, Dan Sultan, Neil Murray, and Sara Storer. The concert will showcase many different genres of music, and generations will sit together and share these tunes that connect us all. Trust us, this is a concert you don’t want to miss! You can grab your tickets from $89pp -$99pp here.
Clancestry Conversations is a curated series of three conversations centred around First Nations issues of today. From an exploration of the cultural and linguistic history of placenames in Brisbane with Gaja Kerry Charlton and Karina Hogan, a discussion with internationally acclaimed artist Leah Purcell AM, to a dialogue on truth-telling, healing, and the path to treaty with Katie Kiss and Mick Gooda. Don’t miss this thought-provoking and insightful conversation series. You can grab your tickets from $20pp here.
Mob Music Stage
Get ready for four nights of jam-packed jams on the Mob Music Stage! Set against the backdrop of the Brisbane River and the Brisbane skyline, the festival ground will come alive as the sun goes down with the sounds of deadly First Nations music. The line-up includes Tjaka, Birdz and Fred Leone, Kaylah Truth, Andrew Gurruwiwi Band, Keely, J-MILLA, The Merindas, Emily Wurramara, Cloe Terare, and BARKAA. Come to grab a feed and enjoy the vibes!
Bubs And Cuzzies
Whether you have an active 2-year-old, or an expressive 6-year-old, Bubs and Cuzzies is the space for children to explore their cultural and creative identity. The kids will be entertained for hours with face painting, a colouring in station, and a beautiful world of exploration around Indigenous parenting and cultural practices for children with Ngamumu. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for some surprise animal friends around the festival grounds. Don’t miss this day of free event entertainment.
Come and learn to weave at the Clancestry Festival ground! Join in on one of their weaving circles and be immersed in the regeneration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices using recycled materials to create your very own masterpiece. Spend the afternoon learning how to twist and thread fibres as you sit and yarn with your deadly Aunties and Uncles in a practice that has spanned generations. Oh, and did we mention that it’s free with all materials supplied!