Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival

Come celebrate the World's Oldest Living Culture.

The 34th Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival will be held on

Friday the 19th June through to the 21st of June 2015.


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 2015- "YIMBALA" UNITING THE CAPE THROUGH CORROBOREE.

“Campfire” – dancing, storytelling, singing, sleeping...listening to where you are.

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 2015 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 34th Laura Dance Festival we are taking the festival back to grass roots:

2015 will continue with the competition for the Festival shield.  There will be two opportunities for dance groups to present.  The first Dance Festivals were judged by elders from the Cape, the committee intends to reinstall this method.

Indigenous communities are encouraged to hold stalls and the wider community to hold stalls relevant to Cape York people.

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.

Yarning Circles

There will be seperate 'yarning circles' for men's and women's business.  The yarning circles will be properly facilitated in an informal manner with pre-empted themes around important passing down of information and stories.   

Maintaining Country

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, we will be looking towards the recycle bags courtesy of the Laura School initiative, and the eduction of vehicular traffic through the festival site. Laura Rangers and other Ranger groups from the Cape will be involved in keeping country safe for our visitors.

Official Proceedings

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.

Cape York Art Award

We encourage all Indigenous Artist from Cape York to entre the prestigous Cape York Art Awards. Application Forms will define "established" and "emerging" artist. There will also be catorgy from Cape York Schools, stay tuned.

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Join us on a traditional Aboriginal Bora ground at the 20th Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival..... watch, learn, and share experiences with the oldest Culture in the world. 

The Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is an exciting biennial gathering, highlighting the many diverse Communities, language, song, dance, art and stories of the people of Cape York.  The Festival is about passing on Culture across the generations, along with showcasing the strength, pride and uniqueness of Aboriginal people. The Festival allows the audience to experience the story telling and history of Aboriginal culture and gives us all a vital opportunity to come together to respect, share and celebrate our unity as a nation.

Over 5,000 people travel to Laura from across Australia to enjoy this Festival for three days; over 20 Communities participate across the region, with up to 500 traditional performers participating in the program.

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Ticket prices include entry and your camping fee – so grab your camping gear and head to Laura for an amazing 3 days.

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All associated with the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival would like to thank everyone who has contributed, both large and small, to make this Festival so special. 

Thank you to our funders:  

  • The Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Cook Shire Council.
  • Thank you also to the Quinkan and Regional Cultural Centre.
  • We wish to also thank our Sponsors: Apunipima, and UMI Arts.
  • In addition, we would also like to thank the numeorus Volunteers.

To become a Sponsor of the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival 2015 there are 3 levels:

gold star Gold Sponsorship starting at $8000.00

In return sponsors will receive:

  • Secured area for Camping
  • 2x Adult Weekend Passes
  • Promotion on our Website
  • Mention of Sponsorship at the festival

silver star Sliver Sponsorship starting at $5000.00

In return sponsors will receive:

  • 2x Adult Weekend Passes
  • Promotion on our Website
  • Mention of Sponsorship at the festival

bronze star Bronze Sliver Sponsorship starting at $2000.00

In return sponsors will receive:

  • 1x Adult Weekend Pass
  • Promotion on our Website
  • Mention of Sponsorship at the festival