Quandamooka Festival Returns After Three Years

26 July 2022 | 9:00 am | Staff Writer

With a stacked lineup including Electric Fields, Roger Knox, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, Shakaya and more, Minjerribah (otherwise known as Stradbroke Island) will come alive in one of Queensland's most important cultural events.

Quandamooka Festival celebrates the people, culture and traditions of the region and brings together some of Australia's most treasured First Nations artists to help celebrate. The event this year, held in a month's time (August 26-28), is one of South East Queensland's best kept secrets, creating a weekend of island camping, live music and events just an hour from Brisbane's doorstep. 

This year's guests include a huge lineup of national acts including Roger Knox, Shakaya, Electric Fields, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, Joe Geia, Benny Maza, Georgia Corowa and more. Local Quandamooka talent will also be performing with performances from Sachém, Nix Grose and Maibre Grenfell. Sachém Parkin-Owens is a powerful poet, orator, rapper and singer-songwriter. Nix is a passionate and proud story teller driven by connection to culture & country, while Maibre is a soulful, guttural vocalist who performs punchy acoustic sets.

Adelaide electronic duo Electric Fields say, “We're really looking forward to being a part of this very special cultural celebration on the beautiful Stradbroke Island, thank you for the invitation!”

The 2022 event will be three packed days, each featuring a program of activities to immerse visitors in Quandamooka Culture through music, Kunjiel (corroboree), with dance groups coming from across south-east Queensland and northern NSW, food stalls, artisan market stalls, storytelling, insights into cultural heritage and caring for Country and much more.

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A short ferry ride from the mainland, the festival is easily accessible from South East Queensland and is a unique opportunity to learn more about Country; the sands, seas, sacred lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures found across the Redlands and Moreton Bay islands from the Indigenous peoples’ perspective. It offers the privilege to experience the continuing 20,000 year-old culture of the Nughi, Nunukul and Goenpul clans of Quandamooka, firsthand.

CEO Damian Miley said, “QYAC is excited to be holding the Quandamooka Festival again for the first time since 2019. We are looking forward to welcoming our community and visitors to country to celebrate Quandamooka, art, culture, music and people” 

When you are at the Quandamooka Festival, you become immersed in one of the oldest living cultures on earth, become socially engaged in Caring for Country, and enjoy the thrill of experiencing a variety of wildlife in their natural environment. The festival kicks off on Friday August 26 from 5pm and continues through till 4pm Sunday. Check out QuandamookaFestival.com.au for more details.