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15 October, 2021

Indigenous festival rich in heritage

THIS Saturday, Fogarty Park will be once more host the UMI Arts, Big Talk One Fire festival.

By Peter McCullagh

Celebrating its eighth festival, the program will commence at 1pm.

The highlight of Big Talk One Fire is its stage program featuring a high calibre of Indigenous artists including young and rising talent, 11-year-old Wawumun, along with 16-year-old Aisha Jade and the shining stars of Torres Webb, Simone Stacey, Merindi Schrieber, Rochelle Pitt, SeeBreez and Nightshift Cairns, and legendary
David Hudson.

A truly cultural immersion with a laid-back family vibe, Big Talk One Fire also features activities for kids, weaving, fashion, tastings, and knowledge sharing of native foods, plants and medicine, crafts, and information stalls.

Big Talk One Fire’s event organiser Liz Cavanagh said Big Talk is a free, fun, and family-oriented event and one of UMI Arts’s signature ways of helping community stay connected while supporting the creative industry of north Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Peoples.

Big Talk One Fire will be a total celebration of Indigenous arts with 14 performing artists on stage and 16 art and craft market stalls including renowned artist Paul Bong, and Bush Tukka woman, Samantha Martin.

UMI Arts Executive Officer Peter Lenoy said he is looking forward to this year’s iteration of a very popular festival that is all-inclusive, drawing people together from near and far for a day of cultural recognition and celebration.

 “UMI Arts’ Big Talk One Fire promotes the best of North Queensland Indigenous culture to a large and varied audience.

More information can be found on the UMI Arts website:

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