Restrictions For Impacted Areas – Cairns and Yarrabah

Bulmba-ja has reopened following the recent lockdown and is operating in line with current restrictions, including reduced capacity. Please note mask wearing and use of the Check In Qld contact tracing app are mandatory.

For the latest information on the Cairns and Yarrabah region lockdown visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au

For more information or to talk to Bulmba-ja staff please phone 07 4047 4910.

Featured Events

NorthSite Contemporary Arts | long water: fibre stories - Curated by Freja Carmichael

(EXHIBITION)
3 September - 23 October 2021 Like a confluence—where bodies of water meet—long water: fibre stories travels across place to bring together fibre practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from different generations, experiences and ancestries. The featured artists include community Elders, leaders, and younger artists, working in collaboration with collective and family memory or with their kin, community, or art centre to nurture, preserve, and share culture through fibre-based forms. These artists all carry a spirited attachment to water. Image: Elisa Jane Carmichael, Carrying Fish Trap 1–2, 2018/2019, Ghost net, synthetic fibre, raffia, yarn, wool, cane, wire, fish scales, photo: Marc Pricop
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NorthSite Contemporary Arts | Lenore Howard - Beyond the Sight of Land

(EXHIBITION)
11 September - 23 October 2021 Beyond the Sight of Land is a major exhibition by senior Cairns-based artist Lenore Howard.  This new and extensive body of work extends beyond the familiar form and journeys into unknown territory utilizing multiple processes that traverse the mind map of the artist.  Howard explores dichotomies and dualities by challenging the form’s architecture and surface, landing on compositions laden with tension and balanced resolve. Image Credit: Lenore Howard, Dissolution of the Elements 12 (detail), 2020, mixed media, 57 x 76 cm, photo: Michael Marzik
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JUTE | Dare to Dream

(WORKSHOP)
April - June 2021 (Back on track) | June - September 2021 (Get your geek on) Dare to Dream is about the transformative power of theatre at its most simple, most raw, most potent. JUTE Theatre Company initiated the ‘Dare to Dream’ program with the intention of featuring new theatre works by, about and for First Nations peoples. JUTE initially commissions a First Nations playwright to create the work, assembles teams of First Nations creatives to rehearse and produce the work before the residency program takes performances and First Nations creative teams to regional and remote communities for up to ten weeks. The team stays in each community for a week after the performance, working for the school day with a group of students creating their own stories of hope. The students then get to perform their own version of Dare to Dream at the end of the week back to their community.    
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JUTE | La Bella Figura

(THEATRE)
15 October — 23 October 2021 La Bella Figura (meaning, the beautiful image) is a new musical dramedy by second-generation, Italian-Aussies Frank Dangelico and Roz Pappalardo, and local playwright Kathryn Ash. Get ready to jump into the world of  ‘la bella figura’ weaving its often-hilarious magic into the lives and careers of the children of Italian migrants.    
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CIAF | Othello

(THEATRE)
(New dates) 11 - 13 November 2021 Othello, William Shakespeare’s classic tale of jealousy, betrayal and revenge is thrillingly re-imagined by Jimi Bani and Jason Klarwein for its premiere 2021 season. This tri-lingual (Kala Lagaw Ya, Yumpla Tok and English) production is set between Cairns and the Torres Strait, illuminating the vital role of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion during World War II. More than 800 Torres Strait Islanders signed up to protect the northern tip of Australia, including Jimi Bani’s great grandfather, the late Ephraim Bani Snr and his grandfather, the late Solomon Gela.    
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JUTE | Actors Studio - 2021

(WORKSHOP)
10 Feb - 8 December 2021 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.    
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