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

Write Sparks | JUTE Theatre company

(EVENT)
1 November 2023 to 23 February 2024

 

The 2024 Write Sparks 101 program is open for submissions to February 23, 2024

Do you have a story you feel passionate about? 

Do you have a story idea itching to be heard? Consider learning stage writing with Write Sparks 101. This course offers more than just the basics, providing professional development opportunities for performance writers in Far North Queensland and beyond.

Image: Courtesy of JUTE Theatre Company

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Ngurruwarra/Derndernyin (stone fish trap) | NorthSite Contemporary Arts

(EXHIBITION)
3 February to 28 March 2024 

 

The inaugural presentation of ‘Ngurruwarra/Derndernyin (stone fish trap)’ is a monumental painting installation by established and emerging artists from Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation, Mornington Island Art, the outcome of a research project led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

Artist/s: AMY LOOGATHA, DOLLY LOOGATHA, ELSIE GABORI, AGNES KOHLER, DOROTHY GABORI, AMANDA GABORI, BERELINE LOOGATHA, GLORIA GAVENOR, CORALIE THOMPSON, JOELENE ROUGHSEY

Image credit: Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation, ‘Ngurruwarra/Derndernyin (stone fish trap)’, (detail), 2023. Photo: Michael Marzik.

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Conversations with my barista (Real or imagined) | NorthSite Contemporary Arts

(EXHIBITION)
3 February to 28 March 2024 

 

Cairns-based artist Selina Kudo delves deep into the intricate landscape of the human psyche—a realm teeming with ceaseless thoughts, ever-evolving emotions, and a cascade of never-ending images.

Artist/s: Selina Kudo

Image credit: Image courtesy of the artist.

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Facing Time: 50 Years | NorthSite Contemporary Arts

(EXHIBITION)
3 February to 28 March 2024 

 

This exhibition features works by artists and long-term friends, Euan Macleod and Cairns based artist Geoff Dixon.

Artist/s: Euan Macleod and Geoff Dixon

Image credit: Image courtesy of the artist.

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Meet our Tenants

Acknowledgement of Country

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