Laura Quinkan Dance Festival - 2-3-4 July 2021 - Tickets Now On Sale

We’re pleased to announce the Festival will be held in July 2021. The dates for the 2021 Laura Quinkan Dance Festival are 2-3-4 July 2021. Tickets went on sale from Tuesday 26 January 2021 on our new festival website You can purchase tickets from the following link – For more information, see the website or email attention Fiona John – Festival Director / Coordinator or Kelsea Mallyer Assistant Co-Ordinator at or 0497219089.

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 Quinkan 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 2021 the Ang-Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation takes responsibility for arranging and hosting the Laura Quinkan Dance Festival for the first time. This is a significant milestone for the traditional owners.

Laura Quinkan Dance Festival Dates are as follows 2-3-4 July 2021.

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 Quinkan Dance Festival will be held between 2-3-4 July 2021.

We’re pleased to announce and welcome Yarn on board, as a major sponsor and business partner for the 2021 Laura Quinkan Dance Festival. Additional corporate and local sponsorship for the festival would be greatly appreciated.

Key contacts for the Laura Quinkan Dance Festival are: Fiona John, Festival Director / Coordinator on 0402 529 610 or

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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