Clancestry To Begin 1 March 2013

Clancestry To Begin 1 March 2013

Acting Queensland Minister for Arts David Crisafulli

Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey

Clancestry To Celebrate The World’s First Nations’ People

Victor P Taffa

Queenslanders will be treated to a showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and traditions through a new event celebrating the world’s oldest living cultures.

Acting Arts Minister David Crisafulli and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey today said Clancestry would put Brisbane on the national stage with a diverse program of events over the weekend beginning Friday 1 March, 2013.

Clancestry is destined to become a signature event on the Queensland cultural calendar.” Mr. Crisafulli said.

“It aims to celebrate the diversity of First Nations’ art forms, from literature and performing arts to traditional and contemporary dance, youth programs and visual arts.”

The event will feature a mix of emerging Indigenous artists and experienced performers across a variety of venues in and around the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and the South Bank Cultural Forecourt.

A number of free events will also run throughout the weekend alongside performances by the Chooky Dancers from Elcho Island and the nationally significant Black Arm Band.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Jann Stuckey said the new event would attract visitors from across the nation to Brisbane.

Clancestry joins a growing calendar of high quality cultural and performing arts experiences in Brisbane and throughout Queensland.” Ms. Stuckey said.

“Our DestinationQ strategy recognises cultural tourism as a priority niche market within the tourism and events sector and one that has the potential for significant growth.

“Tourism and Events Queensland will continue to partner with cultural institutions to deliver a dynamic range of events in Queensland to attract more visitors to the State.”

QPAC has engaged respected producer, journalist, writer and director, Rhoda Roberts, as guest curator for Clancestry.

Ms. Roberts is renowned for her work as creative director of the Awakening segment during Sydney’s Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2000, artistic director of The Dreaming Festival and producer of the Vibe Australia Festival. She is currently head of Indigenous programming at the Sydney Opera House.

Clancestry is a QPAC initiative supported by the Newman Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts initiative.

Tickets go on sale from early January 2013.