Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Newsletter | JULY 2016 


This year the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) offers a dynamic program, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, music, dance and fashion in this annual tropical celebration that showcases Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

The lawns around the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, dubbed The Green, will come alive with a dynamic event program, including:  Dancing on the Green,  high-energy daily entertainment of traditional and contemporary Indigenous dance and musical entertainment; Evening on the Green, a mellow evening of sophisticated jazz music by Wilma Reading and her trio; and the UMI Arts annual Big Talk One Fire concert featuring a line-up of local Indigenous talent. 

The Green will play host to visitor participation with artist-led workshops, running throughout the weekend, providing hands-on experience with art and craft techniques including ghost net and traditional weaving, lino-cut printing and felt jewellery making.

The Art Fair exhibition, titled Cultural Bliss, is a collection of art from across Queensland, co-curated by CIAF Artistic Director, Janina Harding and renowned curator Hetti Perkins.  Cultural Bliss features works by individual Queensland Indigenous artists and those from participating art centres and collectives.

Get your printed highlights program on-site at CIAF, Download the FREE official CIAF event APP or visit the CIAF website

CIAF Opening Night Party 

CIAF 2016 kicks off with the Opening Night party on Thursday 14 July. Guests will enjoy fine food and drink while watching a stage lineup led by music legends Buddy Knox, Roger Knox and Vic Simms.

Experience a never-before-seen performance by the Pormpuraaw dancers and their totem, an eight-metre ghost net crocodile.

Purchase your tickets to the CIAF 2016 Opening Night Party here. Don't miss the tropical event of the year!



Download your official event app to view the full program 

Main Photograph: Wayne Quilliam
CCP Photograph: Lovegreen Photography  
Right Photograph: Lovegreen Photography


CIAF Art Market

A bustling Art Market will operate throughout the weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to buy smaller art works, jewellery and handcraft, directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Sat 16 Jul
10am- 6pm

Sun 17 Jul
10am- 4pm

Visit over 40 Art Market stalls, selling art, craft, design, gift ware and more by Indigenous artists.

Bring the family in and enjoy the fun atmosphere and energetic entertainment during the Art Fair.

Learn More


51 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD 4870


Mon-Fri    9am- 5pm


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