In my opinion, there is no holiday that isn’t improved with a respectful delve into the local culture. Here in Australia, we’re lucky to have SO much of it, and even luckier to have some amazing Indigenous events that give a window into everything from dance and music to art direct from the artisans. Here are the best ones from around Queensland for 2019.

31 May – 1 June: Meeanjin Markets

The largest Indigenous markets and cultural festival is back right in Brisbane’s CBD. For two days you can check out authentic indigenous products direct from the creator, immerse yourself in Indigenous culture – from dancers and music to actual workshops you can get involved with – and try out delish native Aussie foods.

1 June – 31 August: Quandamooka Festival

You can keep it kicking in Brisbane by heading over to The Redlands and Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) to join in the celebration of the local Quandamooka peoples and their connection to their traditional lands. Festival events range from art workshops, to culture talks, to ocean cleanups.

15 June: Yarrabah Band Festival

The small Cairns town of Yarrabah comes to life during its Band Festival, which forms part of the wider Queensland Music Festival program.  This years’ headliners include Baker Boy, Thandi Phoenix and the reformed Yothu Yindi, so it’s safe to assume it’ll be a good’un.

12-14 July: Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, expect the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair to combine art, performance and fashion to bring Indigenous storytelling to a wider audience. Last year 14 Indigenous art centres around the islands, Wet Tropics and Gulf of Carpentaria all got involved so you know you’re going to see something amazing.

15-18 August: Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival

How about sharing in Indigenous culture with a side of rodeo? No, really. By day you can check out the National Indigenous Rodeo Championships and at night you can experience First Nations performers and musicians from the local area as well as around New Zealand, Canada and America.

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