Laura Dance Festival

Laura is the central meeting place for people from the Cape. As well as being home to Australia’s most significant collection of rock art, it hosts another internationally recognised celebration of Aboriginal culture, the Laura Dance Festival.

The dance festival grounds at Laura occupy the site of a very old, traditional Bora ground. It’s a respected and sacred site. Here, people from about 20 different communities located across the Cape come together to celebrate with music, dance, singing and cultural performances.

It’s a place and event where families meet new and old family members and exchange and pass on history.

The festival has been coordinated by several different organisations over the years and in 2020 the Ang-Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation will take over responsibility for arranging and hosting the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival for the first time. This is a significant milestone for the traditional owners.

To assist with this, we have engaged Event Officer Angela Lui who can be contacted on (07) 4031 0641 or email The dates for the 2020 Laura Dance Festival are 3-4-5 July, 2020. Additional information on prices and contacts, are provided below.

Dance keeps our culture alive. Keeps the younger generation involved. Dance is a part of our lifestyle.

Past, Present & Future

The festival began in the early 1980s and is believed to be the longest running Aboriginal cultural festival in Australia. Over three days, the event showcases the culture of the Aboriginal people of Cape York through song and dance, attracting thousands of visitors from across Australia and overseas. It enables the wider community to witness and gain an insight into the uniqueness of our ancient culture.

The next Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival will be held between 3-4-5 July 2020. This is to align the Dance festival with the Cooktown 250th celebration of the landing of Captain James Cook and crew and the first Bama contact with white people.

We’re also pleased to announce and welcome Bundarra on board, as a major sponsor and business partner for the 2020 Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival. Additional corporate and local sponsorship for the festival would be greatly appreciated.

Please note we’re currently upgrading our online ticket sales process, through Bundarra. You will soon be able to purchase your tickets online, or on the day of the event. Prices and additional details will be available shortly. In the meantime, you can stay up to date by following us on Facebook and Instagram, or by contacting us on the below details.

Key contacts for the Laura Dance Festival are: Event Officer, Angela Lui who can be contacted on (07) 4031 0641 or email and Ang-Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation CEO, August Stevens, who can be reached on 0484 001 684 or Additional details will be posted on this site, as and when they are confirmed.

Music and dance go together. Everybody dances – it is just in you and you do it all the time. The old people danced because it was part of their life. We do the same.

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