Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture

Council is giving everyone the opportunity to explore and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, heritage and cultures, with Black History Month. Now in its eleventh year, the annual Council cultural program offers free and low-cost activities including performances, workshops, art displays, cultural talks, family fun days and music events across the city.

Live performances

Take a glimpse into the world's oldest living culture through the evocative and triumphant performance, Chasing Smoke, performed by Australia's only indigenous contemporary circus ensemble at Seven Hills Hub. A dynamic and touching performance, Chasing Smoke stokes the fires of identity, tracing back through 65,000 years of history to answer the question, 'who am I?'. And for one night only on 6 July, the show will become a cabaret incorporating circus, comedy, dance and music.

Story time

Council's libraries will also play host to a variety of story time sessions to celebrate Black History Month, including:

A small number of World Kitchen bush tucker sessions are on offer at select libraries too. You can also take the family to family fun days in Richlands, Taigum and South Brisbane from 10-12 July.

Music and dance

Queen Street Mall will come alive with a range of music and dance performances through Gathering, a showcase of popular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Upcoming acts include award winning male vocalist Blakboi, songwriter Leah Flanagan, Nunukul Yuggera Yugimbir Nugi Aboriginal Dance Group, and Zom Kolbe Dance Group made up of men, women and children from Murray Island.


In its twenty-first year, the Urban Dreaming exhibition at the Inala Elders Association (until 22 July) will feature a collection of artworks showcasing the talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. 

Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks will also be featured across the city on building walls and projected onto bridges, and on display at Museum of Brisbane as part of the Indigenous Art Program 2019. Join an artist talk, panel discussion, or guided walking tour to learn more about the artists and artworks.


Black History Month coincides with NAIDOC Week (from 7-14 July), a national celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements, with NAIDOC Week community events being the highlight of the program.

More information

View all Black History Month events.

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Last updated:24 October 2019
Topics: things to do