right up there amongst the three
best events in the Cape York peninsula area, along with
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival and Cooktown Discovery Festival.
Along with Laura it is an excellent
event to experience Australian indigenous culture, and as
opposed to Laura this event is obviously about the Torres Strait
islander and not
the mainland Aboriginal culture.
If you are visiting the peninsula in September (every
second year), it makes it well worthwhile to catch the ferry to Thursday
Island in the
It is also called "Winds
of Zenadth Cultural Festival", and the dances you see, and
the photos and videos you can make, are quite amazing.
a great parade;
somelocal art for sale,
... workshops and weaving
demonstrations, fun competitions
(yes the colour of the water is real - not photoshopped!);
... information stalls and food
... and even fireworks
on the Torres Strait Cultural Festival.
But best of all is the
You see some great
clothing and body decorations,
... traditional weapons
and other items used in dance,
... some excellent
... and even children,
... who are excellent at
it and obviously learn their dancing from a young age.
the following islands
were represented at the Torres Strait
(Waibene) - Lagaw Orway-Orway Dance Group
Pauls) - Lagaw Compass Dance Group
Badu (Mulgrave) -
Zugubal Dance Group
Mabuiag (Gamulag) -
Kigu Dance Group
Iama (Yam) - Thaiwa
Warraber (Sue) -
Zogo Tudi Dance Group
Poruma (Coconut) - Urab Dance Group
Erub (Darnley) -
Kodomer Dance Group
- Zomered Kebile, and Neguam Dance Group
- Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Group
Do watch the ones lowest down
too, they don't get worse!
P.S. I am not claiming to have an
excellent video quality - just good
enough that you can see
what's going on and decide whether you'd like to visit the Torres
Strait Cultural Festival
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