BIG Talk One Fire is shaping up to be an afternoon of free, cultural fun, creativity and entertainment as the event celebrates its 16th anniversary this year.
Set to be UMI Arts’ biggest-ever iteration, this year’s Big Talk One Fire has moved from its home in Fogarty Park to the more spacious Munro Martin Parklands this Saturday 16 September from 3-9pm.
With support from the Cairns Regional Council and a host of local sponsors, Big Talk One Fire comprises an art and craft market and activities for kids, food stalls, Elder’s lounge, symposium, workshops and storytelling alongside an exciting program of stage entertainment crisscrossing musical and dance genres culminating in a headline performance by Patrick Mau of Mau Power at 8 pm.
UMI Arts Artistic Director Lisa Michl Ko-manggén OAM said Big Talk One Fire is one of UMI Arts’ most-loved events.
“For the past 16 years, Big Talk has brought people together for a joyful afternoon in beautiful surroundings,” she said.
“UMI Arts is always immensely proud to present this all-inclusive event that promotes the best of North Queensland Indigenous culture to a large and varied audience.
“This year, for the first time, we are thrilled to deliver our program of events and market stalls to festival-goers within the gorgeous inner-city venue, Munro Martin Parklands.
“Always a highlight of Big Talk One Fire is our concert featuring local Indigenous bands, traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural dance and pop-up visual art and markets.”
Another first for this year’s programming is the inclusion of a symposium at 4.30 pm which focuses on fake art and its impact on First Nations culture and preservation.
Big Talk One Fire 2023 Performance Line Up
3.10pm: Opening Ceremony with Henry Fourmile, Carl Fourmile and Minjil Aboriginal dance group
3.50pm: Boigu Island Dance Group
4.30pm: Symposium: Fake Art Harms Culture & Preservation of our Culture
5pm: Injinoo Dance Group
5.40pm Hip Hop performance by JAHZ
6.30pm: Hip Hop performance by Djun Djun Jarra
7.05pm: Hip Hop performance by Dizzy Doolan
7.30pm: Original soul and reggae music by Broden Tyrell
8pm: Headline performance by Torres Strait Islander artist, Mau Power