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
- Increased island visitation that will generate increased business revenue
- Boosting year-round economic activity by hosting the festival in the tourism low season
- Growing new and existing businesses linked to the festival
Expected social benefits
- Broadening the visitor market by attracting a new demographic of visitors
- Create opportunities for Quandamooka Traditional Owners to economically prosper from their cultural knowledge and practices
- Increase participation by the Quandamooka people, Island residents and businesses in island economic activities
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Promote, exchange and share knowledge about Quandamooka culture, heritage and environmental management
- Capitalise on the Island’s unique and rich cultural and natural environmental beauty
Project achievements to date
- Festival curator appointed
- Festival program expanded to include Buangan Biyigi (Dolphin Day Festival) at Amity. All three townships now host a key Quandamooka Festival event
- 2017 festival program developed
- Festival promotion through various media channels
- 2017 Festival launched with Yura (Welcome) opening celebrations on 2 July
Project next steps
- Continue festival event promotion
- Measure event numbers and participation rates to determine allocation of future efforts
- Project reporting requirements and milestones.