The Quandamooka Festival
is a unique cultural festival featuring more than 50 events throughout Quandamooka Country including North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), Southern Bay Island and mainland regions.
The festival - which runs from July-September annually - brings people together to celebrate and share the Quandamooka culture and country.
This initiative aims to increase the festival’s profile, attract new island visitors and help develop and spread the Quandamooka history, language, culture and tradition.
Funding will be provided for four years to support the planning, operation, growth and promotion of the Quandamooka Festival. This includes:
- employing an events coordinator
- expanding festival program entertainment
- developing promotional materials to increase attendance and awareness
- measuring event numbers and participation rates.
Growing and promoting the festival is expected to lead to increased festival awareness, attendance, and revenue, providing financial self-sufficiency and understanding of Quandmaooka culture in the broader community. It will also increase visitation to North Stradbroke Island during the tourism low season. This will assist to generate year-round economic activity, support the growth of new and existing business and provide local employment opportunities.
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC)
- Redland City Council
- Tourism and Events Queensland
- Straddie Chamber of Commerce
- Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
- Other relevant Queensland Government agencies
Expected economic benefits
- Creation of employment and economic generation opportunities for Quandamooka Traditional Owners and the broader community.
- Increased island visitation and local business engagement during the low season.
- Boost of low season economic activity leading to year-round economic stability.
- Growth of new and existing business opportunities linked to the festival
Expected social benefits
- Opportunities for youth skills and capability development.
- Broadening the visitor market by attracting a new demographic of visitors for cultural experiences.
- Opportunities for Quandamooka Traditional Owners to economically prosper from cultural knowledge and practices.
- Increased participation by the Quandamooka people, island residents and businesses in the island’s economic and social activities.
- Greater awareness and understanding of Quandamooka culture in the broader community.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Increased celebration, practice, respect and sharing of the Quandamooka culture.
- Continuation of Quandamooka culture and passing on of traditions and knowledge to youth.
- Creation and development of new contemporary cultural experiences and artistic practices.
- Support of economic expansion that aligns with Quandamooka cultural, environmental and native title aspirations.
- Capitalisation on the island's cultural, natural and environmental assets in a culturally appropriate manner.
Project achievements to date
- Festival curator appointed in 2017.
- Promotion of 2017 festival through various media channels.
- Successful delivery of the 2017 festival program, including new event Buangan Biyigi (Dolphin Day Festival) at Amity, and expansion of festival offerings to all three NSI townships.
- Measurement of event numbers and participation rates to determine allocation of future efforts.
- Growth of Quandamooka Festival staff and volunteer team for 2018, creating on-island jobs and skills development opportunities for the Quandamooka and broader community.
- Planning and coordination completed for the 2018 festival program.
Project next steps
- Market and promote the 2018 festival through various media channels.
- Deliver the 2018 festival program from June to August.
- Measure event numbers and participation rates to determine allocation of future efforts.
- Meet project reporting requirements and milestones.