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About Bulmba-ja

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:

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
  • Minjil.

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

NorthSite Contemporary Arts Gallery and Store

NorthSite opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 1pm

Accessibility

Parking

Bulmba-ja has street frontage with free median parking (3 hours during business hours). Hirers may access off-street parking to the rear of the building.

Toilets

Accessible toilets are located on both levels.

Hearing augmentation system

The Bulmba-ja theatre has a hearing augmentation system.

Call 07 4047 4910 if you have any specific requirements you would like to talk to staff about.

Cafe and bar operations

Arts Queensland called for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) to operate a café with light food options, including provision of event based bar services in 2 arts and cultural venues; Judith Wright Arts Centre (JWAC) and Bulmba-ja. The EOI is now closed with The Birdhouse Cafe selected for JWAC and The Hungry Pitcher selected for Bulmba-ja.