As the final harmonies of the CIAF closing ceremony fade to memory for another year, momentum continues. The CIAF team is already busy and announces dates for next year’s event.
CIAF 2016 – 15-17 July, Opening Night event, 14 July
The CIAF 2015 cultural festivities welcomed more visitors than ever before – 50,000 attended across three days, enjoying the diversity of North Queensland Indigenous culture, taking the chance to attend and buy the latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art from across Queensland, at the very first CIAF Art Market. Singing legends Christine Anu and Archie Roach set the vibe for the Opening Night Party with more than 1200 party goers enjoying the rhythm of their music, and the artwork, as they moved between the outdoor entertainment of the party and Shed 3 on the wharf front, to stroll between gallery walls hung with the wonderful diversity of the CIAF curated exhibition. Topped by a glorious finale of fireworks, it was the pinnacle celebration of all that is Indigenous culture in Queensland.
The now famous CIAF daily program offered a schedule of dance and music performance, artist and industry talks, art workshops and film releases, enjoyed by more than 35,000 visitors over the three day annual event. Satellite venues offered a variety of themed events and gallery exhibitions, creating a celebratory feeling citywide. The incomparable waterfront location at the Cairns Cruise Liner terminal provides a tropical backdrop to a Queensland Indigenous experience that is simply like no other. From where ever you are , in 2016 come and join us, and immerse yourself in a CIAF experience of your own.