Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
said the reformed Yothu Yindi
was a wonderful addition to the festival lineup.
“To have an act as iconic and influential as Yothu Yindi performing at this event is exciting news for the community and further strengthens the Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival, which has become one of the most important cultural events on the Far North Queensland arts calendar,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The celebration of First Nations music and culture is a key initiative of the Queensland Music Festival, which is supported by the Queensland Government for its fantastic work in harnessing the power of music to unite and delight communities across the state, with the ability to transform lives in the process.
Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the festival was a significant event for the Yarrabah community, attracting thousands of visitors and showcasing local culture.
“The Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival provides an opportunity for a meeting of cultures, the telling of stories, a remembrance of the past and a celebration of the future of the Yarrabah community,” Ms Enoch said.
“This popular annual event sets the scene for the 2019 Queensland Music Festival program, which kicks off state-wide on 5 July, celebrating the diversity of our musical talent, building local pride, inspiring young creative minds and delivering cultural tourism benefits to our regions.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister and Ministerial Champion for Yarrabah Kate Jones said the event was a key part of a strategy to position Queensland as Australia’s Indigenous tourism leader. “This event has more than quadrupled its audiences since inception, demonstrating a strong demand for Indigenous tourism experiences while also delivering increasing economic benefit to the Yarrabah Shire,” Ms Jones said.
“The strength of the line-up for this year’s event is set to attract large crowds again. We are working with the event organisers, Council and local stakeholders to develop a five-year plan to continue to grow the event and the tourism opportunities for this region. As we see demand increasing from global travellers for genuine, local experiences, there are great opportunities for Yarrabah and I look forward to working with community stakeholders to drive visitation, support jobs and grow the local economy.”