About

Bulmba-ja is a theatre, gallery and creative development space managed by Arts Queensland.  Pronounced “BULL'M-ba-jar”, the name has a shared meaning of house or place in Yidinji and Yirrganydji languages.

Bulmba-ja plays a vital role in the Cairns arts scene, showcasing the unique stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Visitors can engage with the work of Bulmba-ja tenants JUTE Theatre Company, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Miriki Performing Arts, The Pryce Centre for Culture and Arts and Minjil.

Featured Events

NorthSite | Confluence: Design, Technology and Culture

(EXHIBITION)
4 July - 15 June 2022 The exhibition CONFLUENCE: Design, Technology and Culture showcases digital design, photography, videography and new technologies including Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality environments.    
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NorthSite | Nyungu Bubu: Stories from our Country

(EXHIBITION)
29 June - 10 September 2022 NorthSite presents ‘Nyungu Bubu: Stories from our Country’; an exhibition by artists from Bana Yirriji Art Centre, Wujul Wujul    
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NorthSite | REPATRIATE

(EXHIBITION)
24 June - 13 August 2022 An exciting collective of Queensland First Nations artists createnew printworks premiering at NorthSite Contemporary Arts.    
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NorthSite | Yuk Wuy Min Ngantamp

(EXHIBITION)
24 June - 13 August 2022 NorthSite x Wik & Kugu Arts presents an exhibition by seniorartists of the Apelech Clan, Heather Koowootha and KeithWikmunea.    
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NorthSite | Suggoo Pennise

(EXHIBITION)
5 July - 10 July 2022 Exclusively showing at NorthSite, Suggoo Pennise 2021 is alarge-scale artwork curated for the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10).    
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NorthSite | One Man’s Trash by Jaymen Leigh Drahm

(EVENT)
CIAF 2022, Opening Event, Performance | 5 July 2022 This dance is about a spirit trapped in a land full of trash. The spirit lurks through the night hoping to find any essence remaining to ESCAPE the PALACE of “One Mans Trash”. Jaymen Leigh Drahm is a Ydinji future ancestor creating his own path with a background in numerous art forms. This work is an electrifying live-storytelling experience that captures the remanence of dance on canvas.    
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JUTE | Actors Studio Open Day

(WORKSHOP)
25 July 2022 JUTE Theatre Company offers a range of professionally-focused training programs for emerging actors aged 9 to 27 years. Come along and participate in JUTE's Open Day from 10am on June 25th at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, where you can ask questions, join free acting classes, see a playreading showcase, and sign up for Semester 2.
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JUTE | Actors Studio

(WORKSHOP)
Semester 2: 11 July - 11 Nov 2022 If you are excited about the idea of developing your acting, stage craft and ensemble work, then JUTE Actors Studio will provide you with the development of your creative capacity and deepen your understanding of acting as a professional practice. You will need a sense of play, imagination, intelligence and a passion for theatre. A level of discipline and commitment to the training is expected from all students.
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JUTE | From Campfire to Stage Light

(EVENT)
7-16 July 2022 From Campfire to Stage Light is an epic journey toward self-determination and Indigenous pride, as told through the life experience of David Bindi Hudson, well-known and loved cultural leader and global ambassador for Indigenous Australia. David is the ultimate storyteller, singer-songwriter, dancer, visual artist and actor and the performance is brought to life through storytelling, songs, and extraordinary visual design.
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NorthSite | TRAVERSING THREE REALMS: The physical, natural and spiritual

(EXHIBITION)
24 June - 13 August 2022 An epic exhibition of vinyl-cut prints on paper by Injinoo artist Teho Ropeyarn.    
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Acknowledgement of Country

Arts and Heritage acknowledges the Traditional Owners and pays respects to Elders, past, present and future.