About Bulmba-ja

Bulmba-ja is a theatre, gallery and creative development space managed by Arts Queensland.  Pronounced “BUULM-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
  • Minjil.

Featured Events

For thy sake I in love am grown | NorthSite Contemporary Arts

13 April to 1 June 2024 


This exhibition of new drawings, video and performance is a response to the Klose’s “random, exhausting and depressing adventures in conservation” and the artist’s growing awareness of diminishing biodiversity in Queensland and immanent threats to its unique landscapes.

Artist/s: Anastasia Klose

Image credit: Anastasia Klose, Cloud Forest, 2023, (detail), pastel and pencil on paper, 101.5 x 67.5 cm. Photographer: Michael Marzik

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Flux and Fog: Landscapes of the Atherton Tablelands | NorthSite Contemporary Arts

13 April to 1 June 2024 


Flux and Fog is an exhibition of new paintings by Annika Harding exploring the landscapes near her home in the Atherton Tablelands. It examines moments of tension between the built environment and agricultural landscapes, and the lush rainforest ecosystem and its intense weather.

Artist/s: Annika Harding

Image credit: Annika Harding, Misty farm 1, photograph taken on fencepost, 2023, acrylic on pine, 6.5 x 7 cm. Image courtesy the Artist.

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I AM | NorthSite Contemporary Arts

13 April to 1 June 2024 


I Am comprises five, hand sewn textiles, made of at least 80% up-cycled materials, forming a powerful meditation on individual agency in rewriting our narrative.

Artist/s: Muma Nai

Image credit: Naomi Evans, 'Magnetic', 2024, appliqué mixed textile, cotton + nylon / wool / cotton thread / interfacing + felt, 45 x 38 cm.

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