Come celebrate the World's Oldest Living Culture
The 20th Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival will be held on 21st - 23rd of June 2013.
The Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is an exciting biennial gathering in Cape York Peninsula, highlighting the many diverse Communities, language, song, dance and stories.
Witness the passing on of Culture across the generations, along with showcasing the strength, pride and uniqueness of Aboriginal people.
Over 5,000 people travel to Laura from across the nation to enjoy this Festival for three days; over 20 Communities participate across the region, with up to 500 performers.
Come along to share, respect, and celebrate our unity as a nation.
LAURA ABORIGINAL DANCE FESTIVAL 2013
20TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM
“Campfire”– dancing, storytelling, singing, sleeping...listening to where you are.
Anniversary Program of Dances from around the Cape York with
Traditional Dance Cycles that have been handed down through millennia.
To showcase these dances the LADF 2013 has devised the program to travel from Laura up Country to Cooktown & Hopevale spreading the word of invitation through Wujal Wujal, Coen, Pormpuraaw Aurukun, Mapoon, Lockhart and NPA communities, New Mapoon, Umagico & Injinoo then returns on the Sunday evening having circled south to Yarrabah, Kuranda & Mossman and ends with the future - children from Cooktown & Hopevale.
For the 20th Anniversary Program we have introduced new elements:
The first new element to this year’s programming has been to eliminate the idea of competition and replace it with ‘Sharing’ of Dance and Song between communities.
The second new element is the introduction of the 20/20 - limiting the number of dancers on the Dance ground to 20 by each dance group, for the 20 th Anniversary.
Performance & Dancer Rotation
– Communities are encouraged to explore their dance and stories
and present varied dance cycles where possible. By presenting different dancers of all ages and ability, communities are educating the public through a varied performance program to the uniqueness of their community and the diversity of Aboriginal cultures.
– One of the silent factors is to look after Country in order to help maintain
the dance ground for the future. The use of environmentally-friendly materials by stall holders, ‘dry’ toilets, recycle bags courtesy of the Laura School initiative, and the reduction of vehicular traffic through the festival site.
At the start of any event or when travelling through Country, we acknowledge the land on which we gather and where possible Local Elders welcome visitors onto their Country.
This year Traditional Custodian, and Laura resident, Thomas George Jnr. will lead the Local Elders in
Welcome to Country.
This will be followed by the Handing Back of the Winners Shield from the 2011 Festival, by Lockhart River.
Community Representatives accompanying the Handing Back of the Winners Shield Ceremony are called to receive their invitation to be on Ang-Ngarra Dance Ground and share their Traditional
As the message to gather is delivered, we program each community in relation to proximity to Laura.