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Temporary closure

Following advice from the Federal Government on the temporary closure of non-essential social venues, we advise that Bulmba-ja is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Bulmba-ja and Arts Queensland remain committed to public safety and to working with Queensland’s arts and cultural sector to manage the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.

About Us

Bulmba-ja is a theatre, gallery and creative development space managed by Arts Queensland.  Pronounced “BULL-im-baa-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 and The Pryce Centre for Culture and Arts.

Bulmba-ja (formerly the Centre of Contemporary Arts) opened on 29 February 2020 following a $5.9 million refurbishment as part of a Queensland Government vision to support far north Queensland (FNQ) arts and culture.