Photos of the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, Australia

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Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival

Aboriginal culture is still strong in Northern Queensland and a Dance and Cultural Festival, held every two years 15 kilometres from the outback town of Laura, 300 kilometres north of Cairns in the south of Cape York Peninsula, is a wonderful celebration of this. The communities participating come mainly from the Cape York region, from Cairns to the Torres Strait.Palm Island, near Townsville and Mornington Island, in the south of the Gulf of Carpentaria and even groups from the Northern Territory are also represented.

Napranum Kids Group
Fire Bird Dance
Dance from Bwgcolman
Kids from Lockhart River
Lockhart River Dance Group
Girls from Lockhart River
Lockhart River Group
Gimuy Wallaburra Yidinydji
Mornington Island dancers
Boys from Hope Vale
Hope Vale Dancers
Boys' dance from Hope Vale
Boys from Yarrabah
Honey Tree Dance
Mona Mona Mayi Wunba
Mayi Wunba boy dance
Coen children's group
Girls from Coen
Bamanga Bubu Nagimunku
Injinoo dance
Injinoo Children
Dancers from Cairns
Painting up
Dancers from Woorabinda
Dance from Saibai
Townsvile girls
Mayi Wunba from Kuranda
Hunters with spears
Lockhart River group
Kawanji ceremonial dance
Spirit Dance
Dance with nets
Hope Vale Dance
Yarrabah dance group
Two Yarrabah dancers
Junior Yarrabah group
Traditional shield
Star Dance
Cairns dancers pose
Djarragun Aboriginal dancers
Top Western dancers
Young dancer
Torres Strait dancers
Yarrabah performance
Elder from Lockhart River
Lockhart River performance
Dance from Lockhart River
Traditional story
Pormpuraaw dancers
Pormpuraaw tradition
Boy from Aurukun
Dance from Aurukun
Dancer from Aurukun
The Aurukun Dancers
Mornington Island Dancers
Dancer from Mornington
Boy from Coen
Waiting for their turn
Songman from Coen
Dance from Coen

The biannual festival began in the early 1980s when communities in the Cape York region decided to reunite for a weekend of song, dance and celebration. Primarily a community event, it has also become a focus for reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, aimed to create a greater awareness of the need for all people of this region to work together to make a better future. The future lies with our children and it is therefore wonderful to see so many children perform so enthusiastically and taking charge of their heritage.

The Festival is held at the Ang-gnarra Festival Grounds, on the site of the traditional "Bora" grounds where the local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people have congregated for time immemorial. It is a three day celebration, held every two years in the third week of June and is now the largest Indigenous Cultural Festival in Queensland. The programme includes more than 25 Aboriginal communities performing traditional dance and song, Art and Craft workshops, the Cape York Art Awards Exhibition, evening concerts, a didjeridu competition, boomerang and spear throwing.