Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is a fantastic event.

It is not only the best event in Cape York, it is the best Aboriginal event in the whole Australia.

Nowhere else in Australia can you experience so much Aboriginal culture in one weekend, right around you and right in front of where you are sitting.

It is a good reminder that Aboriginal culture is too strong to ever completely die, and continues being passed on through generations.

It also shows the enormous effort that has been put in by the Aboriginal people.

   laura aboriginal dance festival

Some of them are extremely skilful, these skills don't come without a lot of practice, and some groups even do it as a full time career.

   laura dance festival

The three day festival is held in late June (The Northern Hemisphere's Midsummer weekend), at Ang-Gnarra Festival Ground, about 15km south of Laura.

   laura festival grounds

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is only on every second year (alternating with the biannual Torres Strait Cultural Festival on Thursday Island, that is equally fantastic).

   aurukun dancers
    Aurukun dancers. Ã‚©

Laura Aboriginal Festival is all about traditional dancing, and it's great to watch.

   kuranda dancers
    Kuranda dancing. Ã‚©

Cape York has a lot of different Aboriginal communities, and each community has a group of traditional dancers and singers.

   injinoo dancers
    Injinoo dancing. Ã‚©

Every second year all those groups gather here in Laura, and one after another they perform their songs and dance during the Laura Dance Festival weekend.

   mapoon dancers
    Mapoon dancing. Ã‚©

Some even come from outside Cape York (the group on the photo below is from Australia's central deserts).

   marrinyama dancers
    Marrinyama dancers. Ã‚©

Every performance consists of several dances, danced to live music by the musicians and the singers of the group.

   lockhart river singers
    Lockhart River musicians. Ã‚©

Clapping sticks, boomerangs, drums and didgeridoos are all used to create the music.

   hope vale dancers

    Hope Vale dancing. Ã‚©

The groups vary. Most are of course Aboriginal, but Cape York also has Torres Strait Islander communities in the far north.

   umagico dancers
    Umagico dancers (Torres Strait Islanders). Ã‚©

Most include the classic emu, kangaroo and eagle dance, ...

   townsville dancers
    Townsville doing the kangaroo dance. Ã‚©

... but other than that the performances can be very different.

   cooktown dancers
    Cooktown kids dancing. Ã‚©

Some make it cute and let their kids do the whole performance, ...

   new mapoon dancers
    New Mapoon kids dancing. Ã‚©

... others put on some more show ...

   pormpuraaw dancers
    Pormpuraaw dancing. Ã‚©

... and even extensive acts.

   lockhart river dancers
    Lockhart River dancing. Ã‚©

Like on every other festival, of course there are food stalls, souvenir stalls, and all kinds of advertiser stalls where you can pick your freebies.

   laura dance festival food stalls
   Food stalls. Ã‚©

2013 Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival

Below are some videos from the 2013 Laura Dance Festival - and scroll down for the best ones!

New Mapoon - Cute Kids

Cooktown Crocodile Dance

Yarrabah Kangaroo Dance

Kuranda (Typical Aboriginal)

Wujal Wujal (Typical Aboriginal)

Umagico Torres Strait Islander Dance

Mapoon - fourth best

Coen - third best

Lockhart River - second best

Injinoo - THE best

Every group had several dances, on the videos is only one.

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