QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country

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.

QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country | 13 to 28 May 2022

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

QPAC First Nations

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Some material may contain terms and information that reflect individuals' views or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded. These views are not necessarily the views of QPAC.

QPAC acknowledges the ownership of any Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property will remain with the relevant owners or custodians of such Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

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.