Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival 2022
Australia's most idyllic coastal music festival
Join multi-ARIA award winning singer-songwriter headliner Jessica Mauboy and spend a day in paradise at Australia’s most idyllic coastal festival, on Saturday 30 April 2022.
A highlight of Queensland’s cultural event calendar, the 2022 event features big-name acts, homegrown talent and a celebration of the world’s oldest living culture, all set amongst tropical Far North Queensland.
Only an hour’s drive from Cairns, Yarrabah is nestled between rolling green hills and crystalline sea – the perfect spot for a vibrant music festival. Presented by QMF and the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council, the free family-friendly event combines impressive local music, visual arts and flavours with some of Australia’s brightest stars to showcase the incredible talent emerging from the Yarrabah community.
Darwin born-and-raised Jessica Mauboy will dazzle audiences with her iconic R&B and pop hits when she performs in Yarrabah for the first time – an exciting opportunity to celebrate the singer’s Indigenous heritage and rub shoulders with the revitalised Yarrabah Brass Band, when these historic horn-blowers hit the stage.
Yarrabah Brass Band was originally started by missionaries in 1901 and has existed in several incarnations over its proud history. The most recent revival was brought about by former QMF Artistic Director James Morrison and Greg Fourmile, who is the grandson of one of the past members.
Many of the current ensemble have ancestors who were members of the original 1900s Yarrabah Brass Band; a true multigenerational celebration of Yarrabah’s rich musical heritage.
Yarrabah Music & Cultural Festival is a gathering place for original storytellers and artists of all forms to celebrate a rich history and contribute to the future of the region's cultural vibrancy.
The event will showcase the town’s diverse cultures and incorporate a dazzling array of cultural activities through immersive workshops and presentations, allowing visitors to experience Yarrabah in a whole new way and connect with the community.
Yarrabah Music & Cultural Festival is presented by QMF and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts' Festivals Australia program, and by Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. The Training and Capacity Building Program has been supported by the Siganto Foundation.