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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Updated: 27-Jul-2015

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair ( CIAF ) - Much more than an Art Fair...
30th July - 2nd August 2015

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair will shine a spotlight on emerging and established visual artists.   

Much more than an Art Fair, CIAF 2015 is a platform for artists to tell their stories through performance: music, song and dance; theatre, screen and fashion; workshops and informative talks. 

CIAF is committed to providing an ethical marketplace for the sale and purchase of Queensland Indigenous art and features the best contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from Queensland. 

Perfectly located in the city all art on display is for sale at the excellent Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal on the waterfront.  This is a unique event that invites first-time buyers, investors and the curious to seek out exciting new artists.  

Come and view the paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, new media art, works on paper and fibre art, while enhancing your understanding of Queensland`s Indigenous artists and art work.  

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Thursday 30th July

Ciaf  Opening Night Party

The CIAF Opening Party is the tropical event of the year! Held under the stars and on the city’s waterfront Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, opening night is the pinnacle of celebration of Queensland Indigenous culture. Catch a line-up of sensational talent led by the iconic and multi-Aria and Deadly award winning sensation Christine Anu who will also be joined by legend Archie Roach.  Hosted by the comedic Kevin Kropinyeri, the program features the best of   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance performances and stand-up comedy with Diat Alferink.

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (CCLT)(The Green)

6:30pm – 10.30pm

Tickets:  $55 at Ticketlink: or 1300 855 835 (booking fee applies)

Friday  31st Jul

CIAF Conversations

Hear from artists, curators and commentators impart their knowledge on art, culture and land.

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal 2

9.30am – 10.30am LAND

11.00am – 12.00pm CULTURE

12.30pm – 1.30pm ARTS

Free event

Dancing on the Green

All day, the lawn at the CCLT is transformed into a showcase of First Nations performers from Queensland, featuring a cocktail of live music, stand-up comedy, and the visually captivating performances from cultural and contemporary dance groups.

Fri & Sat 9:00am -5:00pm   Sun 10:00am – 3:pm

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (on the Green)

Free event

Evening on the Green

Special Friday evening performance of the live music by Mau Power, comedy and dance. Food and bar available. Come down to the Cruise Liner Terminal after work and enjoy Friday evening under the stars.

Fri 5:00 -8:00pm Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (on the Green)

Free Event


CIAF Fashion Performance

Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal   (Sea and Rainforest Dreaming)

Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal, curated by Grace Lillian Lee, is a new way for audiences to experience the artistic and cultural practice of  Queensland’s First Peoples, through art, textiles, performance and fashion.  Pop-Up shops offer textiles, clothing and fashion accessories. Purchase straight from the designers.

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal 2

8.30pm- 10.00pm

Tickets $40 pp available at Ticketlink or 1300 855 835

Saturday 1st August

Art Market

Introducing the inaugural CIAF Art Market, a hub of opportunity to buy art, craft and merchandise directly from art centres, independent organisations, artists and entrepreneurs.

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal 2

Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm Sunday 10.00am – 3.00pm

Free entry

Waruwaru Gungun (Children’s Corner)

A place for children to be inspired and immerse themselves in creating their own art. Facilitated by Queensland’s leading Indigenous artists. Learn how to weave your own ghost net sculpture and paint in water colours.

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (The Green)

Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm


Sunday 2nd August

Gimuy Fish Festival This is a special celebration of Tropical North Queensland culture, community and culinary delights, with messages of First Peoples caring for country, bio- cultural diversity and natural wealth sustainability.

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Wharf

Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm


Closing Ceremony

Be amazed, be thrilled and shed a tear, as Queensland First Peoples cultural dance groups, Yarrabah Brass Band and Gondwana Children’s Choir take us on a ceremonial journey bidding farewell until next year.

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (The Green)

Sunday 3.00pm – 3.45pm


Blak Release

A CIAF first, Blak Release is an exceptional survey of short films and screen based art by emerging and established First Peoples’ film makers and artists from Queensland.  A showcase that includes documentaries, music clips, comedy, drama and art.

COCA (Centre of Contemporary Art)

96 Abbott St, Cairns

Box Office Open: 3.00pm

Sunday 4.30pm – 7.00pm (includes 20min interval)

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