22 October, 2021
UMI Arts sparks joy with return of Big Talk One Fire
IT WAS a sunshiny, Far North Queensland day for the return of UMI Arts’ signature event, Big Talk One Fire in Cairns on the weekend. Families from near and far converged in Fogarty Park for the laid-back celebration of the region’s two distinct cultures.
Criss-crossing various musical genres from rap to RnB and rock and folk, the stage program, along with the market stalls and activities was warmly received.
With support from Cairns Regional Council, UMI Arts celebrated its eighth annual festival on the weekend with a stage program of 14 music and dance performances and 16 food, art and craft stalls.
Performers included 11 year old Wawumun, along with 16 year old Aisha Jade and the shining stars of Torres Webb, Naomi Wenitong, Merindi Schrieber, Rochelle Pitt, SeeBreez, Danny Bani and Nightshift Cairns, and legendary David Hudson.
A truly cultural immersion with a laid-back family vibe, Big Talk One Fire featured 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 the sun shone and people turned out in force for the family friendly afternoon and evening of free fun and entertainment.
“Big Talk is one of UMI Arts’s signature ways
of helping community stay connected while supporting the creative industry of
Far North Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Peoples,” Ms