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First Night Showcase Bulmba-ja - funding outcomes

The First Night Showcase Program - Bulmba-ja aims to support independent artists and organisations, with a focus on First Nations Peoples, to activate Bulmba-ja arts centre in Cairns through development and presentation of new visual and performing arts works between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021.

The program is part of the Queensland Government's Arts and Cultural Recovery Package of $22.5 million over two years to stabilise Queensland’s arts companies, secure employment for artists and arts workers and deliver COVID-safe cultural experiences for Queensland audiences.


First Night Showcase Bulmba-ja will support 8 projects with funding of $262,422 for independent artists and organisations based in Queensland to develop and present new works at Bulmba-ja arts centre (Cairns).

  • Mr Carl Fourmile $29,992 - Minjil Presents performance
  • Grace Lillian Lee Productions $29,992 - Walking in Two Worlds performance
  • Merindi Schrieber $28,500 - Ngamumu workshop program community engagement
  • Ruth Ghee $31,866 - Straight from the Strait
  • Joey Laifoo $33,072 - The Stars Project youth engagement and performance
  • Katina Olsen $37,000 - Preparing Ground contemporary dance
  • One Blood Hidden Image (Patrick Mau) $35,000 - The Awakening Live Showcase
  • Thomas E S Kelly $37,000 - Silence contemporary dance


Information about the fund


  • Champion the development and presentation of Queensland artists and arts organisations, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures
  • Support the arts and cultural sector to activate and shape Bulmba-ja spaces and programs
  • Provide a safe, inclusive centre for community members to meet, collaborate and share Queensland stories. 


Funding available

Up to $30 000 cash funding and in-kind venue support of up to $40 000

Applicants who are located more than 100kms from Cairns can apply for up to an additional $7000 to cover travel and accommodation costs.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • be based in Queensland
  • be able to present proposed activity at Bulmba-ja between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021.

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See First Night Showcase Program - Bulmba-ja guidelines Expression of Interest (DOCX) (326.05 KB) for a full list of eligibility requirements. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX) (316.31 KB) for further information.


Expression of interest submission process

The First Night Showcase Program at Bulmba-ja EOI’s open on 6 July 2020 and close at 4pm  3 August 2020.

  1. Contact with Centre Management by no later than 20 July 2020, on telephone (07) 4047 4905 or email to confirm venue availability and obtain quotes for in-kind support and hard costs for their project budget. 
  2. Submit your EOI online  by 4pm AEST 3 August 2020.
  3. An external peer assessment panel will assess your EOI against the four assessment criteria.
  4. Applicants will be notified September 2020.


If you have questions about the EOI process or need technical assistance lodging your submission you can contact us:

(07) 4047 4905 – Bulmba-ja Centre Management

(07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 531 – Arts Queensland


Facebook Live

Join us for the Creative to Go and First Night Showcase live info session.

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2020

Time: 1.30 - 2.00pm

Link: Arts Queensland Facebook Page