Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival 2017

The 35th Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival will be held on...
Three day festival running from Friday the 30th of June to Sunday the 2nd of July 2017.

Come celebrate the World's Oldest Living Culture.

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.


“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 2017 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 35th Laura Dance Festival we are taking it back to grass roots:

2017 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.

Registration Forms for Cape York Dance Groups are now available from our Forms Tab.

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

The Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival 2017 acknowledges the Agayrra Timara Land Trust as the Traditional Owners of this Land.

Welcome to Country

This will be followed by the Handing Back of the Winners Shield from the 2015 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.

To become a Sponsor of the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival 2017 there are 3 levels:

gold star Gold Sponsorship starting at $10,000

In return sponsors will receive:

  • Secured area for Camping
  • 4x Adult Weekend Passes
  • Promotion on our Website
  • Mention of Sponsorship at the festival

silver star Silver Sponsorship starting at $7,000

In return sponsors will receive:

  • 3x Adult Weekend Passes
  • Promotion on our Website
  • Mention of Sponsorship at the festival

bronze star Bronze Sponsorship starting at $4,000

In return sponsors will receive:

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

Contact Details


PO Box 7573
Cairns, QLD 4870


(07) 4019 6229



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