Laura Dance Festival 2021 Dates - 2-3-4 July 2021 - Tickets On Sale Soon

Following the cancellation of the 2020 Laura Dance Festival due to COVID-19, we’re pleased to announce the Festival will be held in 2021. The dates for the 2021 Laura Dance Festival are 2-3-4 July 2021. Tickets will go on sale from Monday 6 July 2020, with details to be added to this website, closer to the time.

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

Information on prices and contacts will updated to this website in due course, in the meantime, you can email lqdf@anggnarra.org.au with any queries regarding the festival.

The 2021 Laura 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 Aboriginal Dance Festival will be held between 2-3-4 July 2021.

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

Key contacts for the Laura Dance Festival are: Ang-Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation CEO, August Stevens, who can be reached on 0484 001 684 or ceo@anggnarra.org.au 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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