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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2021 Goes Digital

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Focusing the digital spotlight on Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures for 10 exciting days next month, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair will be live and online from 10-19 November, 2021. 

For the second year running, CIAF has transitioned its much-loved live event to a digital platform in which the whole world can engage and enjoy. 

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair - Fashions 2021
Designer: Simone Arnol. Photography: Blueclick Photography, Veronica Sagredo, 2021. Models L-R: Hans Ahwang, James Stevens, Taleise Willet, Tahanee Buli, Benita Williams (Model Mentor), Sarah Fagan, Cale Vilaflor, Thalia Brown.

From the official, SACRED Art Fair opening featuring Chris Tamwoy, known for his guitar-tap style, and Cairns emerging songstress Aisha Jade to the annual CIAF Art Awards and finale musical performances by Patrick Mau, Mau Power, there are almost 40 free events and activities to access.  

Last year’s fair proved to the world its ability to present engaging, rich and culturally diverse events online. It was accessed by more than 2.5 million people in 85 countries.

From Yarrabah and Mossman in the Far North, to Cooktown and Cape York, Wujal Wujal, Hopevale, Napranum, Aurukun, Pormpuraaw, Lockhart River and Kowanyama , the entire region will be represented.  

Jewellery on show at the 2021 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
Designer: Irene Robinson. Photography: Blueclick Photography, Veronica Sagredo, 2021. Model: Amariah Thomas.

Conversations, Artist Profiles, Children’s Storytime, and Weaving Workshops will share the virtual stage with the annual Symposium, Art Awards and online galleries.  

CIAF’s highly anticipated fashion performance, Of Spirit & Story is on Friday 12 November.  Viewers will be invited to immerse themselves in a journey through Tropical North Queensland’s diverse landscape, as designers present their collections encompassing stories, culture, history, and their own worldview through a fashion lens.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Fashion Design
Hopevale Art & Culture Centre (in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology). Photography: Blueclick Photography, Veronica Sagredo, 2021. Model: Thalia Brown.

Meriam artist Clinton Naina and choreographer, Hans Ahwang from Moa Island, have created this year’s First Nations’ fashion collection, based on the theme SACRED – an artistic response to Sacred Sites and Places of Significance.  

There’s loads more to see with the full programme to become available via CIAF’s website. Ticketed events that can be booked via

To see more, about the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, go to Fashion Showcase at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Cocktail Revolution will live stream Of Spirit & Story on Friday night, 12 November 2021 on Facebook at 7.30pm AEST

Featured Image Credits: Designer: Irene Robinson. Photography: Blueclick Photography, Veronica Sagredo, 2021. Model: Amariah Thomas.

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