First Nation Peoples have managed their creative and cultural landscape, now named Queensland, for more than 70,000 years. Old ones and young, still continue the vital connection through their distinctive links to Land, Sky and Waters today, in all manner of ways.
Our First Nations program is created, produced and managed, by a team of First Nations Creatives; supporting new works in development, training and upskilling of new artists and arts workers, full scale stage works, celebratory festivals, and community events (such as NAIDOC celebrations and community festivals).
Our First Nations program is bold, resilient, and features fierce black work from local, regional and national First Nations artists. This program supports, empowers and elevates First Nations artists into positions where they can create work that explores love, life, celebration, loss, pain and grief through a black perspective.
Queensland’s two distinct cultures are showcased through the ancient uniqueness of their diversity and environment. QPAC’s First Nation Programming continues to deepen Queensland First Nations Peoples connections into mainstream industry with strategic leadership and partners, throughout our business.
This program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
As our ancestors have done for thousands of years before us, we come together to create, connect, and share. QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country is an annual First Nations festival proudly programmed and curated by Australian First Nations People.
In 2022 QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country returns to celebrate everything that is beautiful, black and deadly about First Nations Peoples, across more than two weeks of activities, concerts, workshops, drag, music circus and much more!
Clancestry is proudly run by Australian First Nations Peoples and supports over a hundred First Nations artists every year.
See the First Nations events happening on stage at QPAC
QPAC’s Vision of ‘a lifetime of unforgettable live performances for all Queenslanders’ will be enhanced through the following Values of its First Nation Peoples Engagement Strategy which are: Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Relationships, Protection and Accountability
QPAC is committed to supporting the creative and cultural development of works created by First Nations artists from Queensland and across Australia
Take a deeper dive into our First Nations program, which features stories behind the works that explore love, life, celebration, loss, pain and grief through a black perspective
Look back at projects and events at QPAC
On August 22, 1770 a tall ship with white sails - captained by James Cook - unfurled a Union Jack on what is today called Possession Island. 250 years later, we have some questions
From 24 to 28 May 2022
Stand up and join Bart Willoughby, Tasman Keith, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Barkaa and Ancestress in this one night only event
16 May 2022, 7pm
Join us for First Gathering as we kick off 2 weeks of First Nations arts and events at QPAC!
13 May 2022, From 6pm
On every Saturday across Clancestry, an outdoor event for young ones on the Melbourne Street Green
From 14 to 28 May 2022
On every lunch time weekday across Clancestry, activities to enjoy with everything from live music to weaving
16 to 27 May, 12pm-1pm
Fun outdoor events for young and old alike celebrating community, music, cheekiness and deadliness!
From 16 to 28 May 2022
QPAC’s audience favourite will run across Clancestry on Friday night’s during the Festival in 2022
From 13 to 27 May 2022
Connection to Place and Significance of Water to First Nations peoples lies at the heart of this exhibition
May to Nov 2022
Experience the photography of Jo-Anne Driessens that explores the gathering of First Nations people on these ancient lands
Apr to Jul 2022
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Terrain is a breathtaking exploration of Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), our largest salt lake
From 5 to 13 Aug 2022
Don't miss multi-ARIA award winning singer-songwriter, actress, and Voice Coach, Jessica Mauboy
5 Apr 2022, 7:30pm
Queensland Theatre bring The Sunshine Club to the stage again for their 2022 season
From 9 to 30 Jul 2022
Face to Face by Emily Wells is a new work that explores traditional and contemporary First Nations’ identities through connection to country and community
An important theatrical piece that speaks of a future when our communities have been swallowed by the waters that surround them
An exciting new project with acclaimed author, Anita Heiss adapting the much loved Tiddas to stage
A community devised and created theatre work that tells the stories of the Torres Strait Island community
For First Nations playwrights - stimulate ideas, introduce elements of craft, and provide strategies for undertaking a brand-new script idea
Ancestrally connected performance work led by writer and director Alethea Beetson
SMOKE is a dance theatre work co-directed by Kirk Page and Jade Dewi TyasTunggal
Birmba explores the lives of Jawun (friends); Kakubaka, Jankaji and Junkurrji who share their personal journeys through song, dance and yarns
Meet Aidan Rowlingson – a Event Support Officer in the First Nations Team at QPAC
Meet Casey Coolwell-Fisher – the Artist responsible for QPAC's Clancestry artwork
Playwright Hannah Belanszky is one step closer to staging her script
2021 marks 13 years since the National Apology and this anniversary event is hosted by Link-Up (Qld)
Professor Judith McLean in conversation with Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page
OUR land people stories: Learn about how the work tells three very different stories of Australia’s cultural heritage
Jarjums Life Museum is a museum made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jarjums
Explore songs, dances and languages, linked and cared for by each person who has connection to that country
Award winning poet Samuel Wagan Watson reflects on the South Brisbane of his childhood and his family’s history in the place where QPAC now stands
Bangarra Dance Theatre enters into its fourth decade with a powerful new contemporary dance program curated by Artistic Director Stephen Page
From 17 to 21 Aug 2021
Clancestry – A Celebration of Country 2020 will 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 – A Celebration of Country was held at QPAC in November 2019, featuring over 2 weeks of gatherings, workshops and live performances
A diverse program of work, part of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s landmark 30th anniversary season
From 23 to 31 Aug 2019
Ghenoa Gela’s provocative and moving production will take you on a reflective journey about cultural inheritance, politics and family
Until 22 Jul 2019
Showcased the evolution of Aboriginal song and dance in South East Queensland
From 12 Mar to 1 Jun 2019
An Indigenous dance theatre piece by choreographer and performer Taree Sansbury
From 5 to 8 Feb 2020
The world premiere of CO_EX_EN, a riveting new dance creation by Thomas E.S. Kelly comes to QPAC’s Playhouse Studio in 2020
From 12 to 15 Feb 2020
Celebrating and paying tribute to Eddie Mabo and the landmark High Court decision
Creating an opportunity for a small collective of First Nations musicians to be in a creative development process
Explores the traditional and contemporary world of First Nations dance through the creative and cultural exchange of practising artists
A collaboration between ILBIJERRI Theatre and Black Drum Productions, tells a story from Saibai Island of the Torres Strait
A development program to create a dance/theatrical performance that celebrates the LGBTQI, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
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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.