Yarnin Up Program

The Yarnin Up Program creates opportunities for the public to connect to some key artists in our community who are connecting traditions and cultures through a number of diverse platforms.

Yarning Up: Sharing Stories – Yawar, a digital platform

A panel discussion about the role of song people within our community and the importance of capturing their stories for the future generation. Featuring Troy Casey, Fred Leone, Derek Oram and Boe Spearim.

Yarning Up: Footprints – Traditional meets Contemporary

A panel featuring Andrew Toby, Derek Oram and Fred Leone talking about the different styles of dance that are practiced today and the exploration of how these practices have changed over time.

Yarning Up: Sparks – Tomorrow’s Storytellers

Tomorrow’s Storytellers brings Paula Nazarski, Emily Wells, Hannah Belansky and Lara Croydon together who look at the different mediums we use to communicate our stories including theatre, performance and playwriting.

Yarning Up: Digital Designs – Our Culture

Involving Rachel Sarra and Casey Coolwell discussing ways in which technology is influencing the way our art is displayed and created, in graphic design and digital media.

Yarning Up: Blakbeats – Contemporary Song

Join us as we yarn with a group of First Nations musicians playing a vital role in telling stories of our diverse communities through using song writing and music as the vehicle.

Tomorrow’s Traditions showcase the evolution of Aboriginal dance in South East Queensland. Celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of storytelling through this artform by exploring movement, language, body paint, instruments and cultural exchange.

This exhibition is inspired by QPAC’s Clancestry and Yawar, A Gathering events held from 2013 to 2015, and the new online platform Yawar – A Cultural Mapping Project.


QPAC First Nations