Clancestry

13 November to 11 December 2020

Every year, around this time we normally gather for Clancestry – A Celebration of Country. As our ancestors have done for centuries before us, we come together to create new work, share stories, meet new friends and catch up with old ones too. We get to share those times with each other and also with the Queensland community.

It is a time for all of our mobs from across the state to come together and celebrate everything that is beautiful, black and deadly about our culture.

This year, things are a little different and a little body called COVID has swept across this nation and many others around the world, making the simple act of gathering a bit harder.

We have had to re-think everything we do but we do this with our community, our people and our culture in mind and in heart. Without our people, we have nothing.

While we cant gather in large numbers – like our mob always loves to do – we can still come together in the digital world and smaller numbers to celebrate the deadliness of our culture and the need to care and celebrate this country, especially at this time.

Clancestry in its biggest form will be back in 2021 but we would love to see your smiling faces here at QPAC this month to support our strong, proud and emerging First Nations artists as part of Green Jam curated by Digi Youth Arts, our solid First Nations writers and actors treading the sand circle at Bleach festival, SPARKS and Playlab Theatre creatives getting into the nitty gritty of their work, Anita Heiss’s brilliant novel Tiddas coming to life as part of HWY Festival at Laboite and supporting the biggest mob of Blak business and organisations that are transitioning into the digital world for the time.

Now more than ever, is the time we need to come together to nurture and support each other. Get involved. Jump online and where you feel comfortable, come and support. It won’t always be this way, but we are strong, we are resilient, and we are surviving.

As those who have come before us – Always was, Always will be.

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QPAC First Nations Program

Our First Nations program is bold, resilient and features fierce black work from local, and national First Nations artists.

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country