UQ NAIDOC Festival St Lucia

UQ NAIDOC Festival at St lucia

8 August, 1pm - late, St Lucia campus, Upper Forgan Smith Lawns

The annual UQ NAIDOC Festival at St Lucia campus is arguably one of UQ's largest events in the academic calendar. The event is open to the wider Brisbane community and hosts a number of stalls, workshops, stalls and performances. The UQ NAIDOC festival continues to grow each year with this years festival hosting smaller silo events at Gatton and Herston.

the 2019 St Lucia NAIDOC Festival will aim to have three sections dedicated to bringing the NAIDOC theme 'Voice, Treaty Truth' to life. A series of stages and areas will be set up across the Upper Forgan Smith Lawns from 1pm - 9pm, that will explore various aspects of aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture through music, art, film, food, craft, research, debate and more. This is a FREE event that invites all staff, students, alumni, friends and family. Discover what is on via the schedule below.



Location: Upper Forgan Smith Lawns

Yirrimal Marika  (Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter)
Yirrmal is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist, singing songs about his homeland and culture. He openly shares his identity, spirit and connection to the land on and off the stage.
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The Merindas (Indigenous Australian band)
The Merindas are the synthesis of warrior queen, on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive music dedicated to their cultural heritage.They will be performing funky electro-tribal-pop music. 
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Ziggy Ramo (Indigenous Australian artist)
Ziggy Ramo’s voice is an important one in the Australian hip hop scene. Ziggy slices deep into the heart of race relations in modern Australia and addresses silenced injustices as well as other social issues.
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Emily Wurramara (Indigenous Australian artist)
19 year old singer-songwriter, Emily Wurrumarra is a proud Indigenous performer from Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory. Emily wrote her first song at nine years of age and sings with heart and honesty, sharing her stories and experiences through her original music.
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Balairi (Indigenous Australian band)
Balair is an indigenous Australian band featuring Ling Jay and Benjin Maza. They will performing the cool musical sounds of Reggae, Funk, Soul, RnB and Hip-Hop.
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Dance Performers


Location: Upper Forgan Smith Lawns

Malu Kiai Mura Baui (Torres Strait Islander dance group)
Malu-Kiai is the traditional name given to the people of Boigu Island. Their songs and dances, based upon the everyday life of Torres Strait Islander people, have been passed from generation to generation. Find out more

Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers (Indigenous Australian dance group)
The Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers have been in existence for over 10 years traveling the world extensively showcasing Traditional Aboriginal culture through song, dance and other various forms of cultural expression. Find out more

Markets Stalls

Forgan Smith Lawns - Various Locations

A Brisbane based Aboriginal owned and operated small business that specialises in unique hand painted Aboriginal home decor art. Find out more

Celvene Cockatoo-Collins
Delvene Cockatoo-Collins lives and works on Minjerribah - North Stradbroke Island.  As an independent Aboriginal artist, Delvene provides handmade ceramics, small sculptural works, and hand printed homewares. Find out more

Culture Weave - More information to come

Kadu - More information to come

Muralappi - More information to come

Aunty Sonja Carmichael and Leecee Carmichael - More information to come



Location: Upper Forgan Smith Lawns

Digeridoo Making (12pm - 1pm)

Clapstick making (12pm - 4pm)

Traditional Weaving (12pm - 4pm)

Possum Skin Wristband Making (12pm - 4pm)

Face Painting (TBC)

Film Art & Panel Discussions


Location: UQ Art Museum

Blue Water Empire (Documentary) - A dramatised-documentary series giving a unique insight into the compelling history of the Torres Strait Islands, told through key stories by the men and women of the region. (TBC)

Documentary 2 (TBC)

Panel Discussion - Panel discussion with Aaron Fa'aoso, Uncle Walter (ATSIS), TI student and female Alum

Panel Discussion 2 (TBC)

Freya Carmichael Exhibition - (TBC)

Traditional Food & Beverage

Upper Forgan Smith Lawns & UQ Art Museum

Game Enough
Crocodile, Emu, Kangaroo

Non-alcoholic beer

Native Sweetness
Native infused cupcakes, biscuits and sweets

First Food Co
Native bush foods and sweets