Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has announced the line-up for Clancestry, a three-week program from 14 February to 5 March 2022 which will bring together First Nations voices, ideas and talent through performance and professional development opportunities. 

Clancestry will kick off with a National Apology event for Community in the Concert Hall foyer on 14 February, held in partnership with Link-Up (Qld). In another call for reflection, on 22 February the Concert Hall will host BLAKTIVISM, a collaborative set starring musical activists. An epic cross-generational line-up including Bart Willoughby, Emma Donovan, Deline Brisco, Tasman Keith and Ancestress will lay bare issues such as First Nations sovereignty, police brutality and state oppression.

From 15 to 18 February in the Cremorne Theatre, Digi Youth Arts in solidarity with The Good Room will present COOKED, a new work where young First Nations people are the ones asking the settlers of Australia the questions.

For the jarjum (children), on Saturday mornings a free program on the Melbourne Street Green will bring plenty of fun to the outdoor space with live shows and activities. Our Backyard on 19 February will feature song and dance with Alinta McGrady, Waveney Yasso and their native animal friends; and musical storytelling abounds with Lucas Proudfoot 26 February and 5 March, as he entertains the little ones with his guitar, digeridoo, fast wit and cheeky humour.

Every Monday from 6pm, Biggest Mobs returns to the Melbourne Street Green with a stacked free program of cabaret, poetry, drag queen bingo, comedy, music and more. The free entertainment continues with QPAC’s popular Green Jam music sessions programmed by Blak Social, which will feature a line-up of local legends including Uncle Joe Geia and Rochelle Pitt every Friday at 5.30pm from 11 February to 4 March.

Clancestry will continue to be an incubator for new work, as First Nations playwrights gather for a week-long writing intensive as part of Sparks, QPAC and Playlab’s ongoing program to support the development of new scripts.

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