Clancestry Clancestry Conversations

3 Aug 2024, 11:30am & 1:30pm
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
1 hour
(Above duration is per conversation. No interval. , subject to change without notice)
$20 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

Clancestry Conversations is a curated series of conversations centred around First Nations issues of today.

This year we will feature two conversations: one with stories behind the production Straight from the Strait from the Aunties and Uncles who have carried this story from that historic day; and speak to organisation Link-Up (Qld) about their work in reconnecting stolen generations back with family and Country.

Don’t miss these thought-provoking and insightful conversation as part of Clancestry 2024.

Presented by QPAC as part of Clancestry 2024

Clancestry Conversation 1: Straight from the Strait – Where the Story Begins

Saturday, 3 August 2024, 11:30am

Torres Strait Islander musical Straight from the Strait will be making its world premiere at QPAC from 28 August 2024 as part of Brisbane Festival.

Before it hits the stage later this year, gain a deeper understanding of its beginnings and hear the stories from the Aunties, Uncles and Family who have carried this story from that historic day.

About Straight from the Strait

On 8 May 1968, a group of remarkable Torres Strait Islander workers on the vast expanse of the Mount Newman railway construction project shattered a world record as they laid down an astonishing 7km of track in a single day, an unparalleled feat that still stands unchallenged. At the heart of their extraordinary achievement is the power of song – songs that are unique to Australia, that tell a passionate and inspiring story.

They found brotherhood and triumph despite the backbreaking labour, forging much of the railway transport infrastructure that operates across the country to this day.

Developed through collaboration and consultation with the Yumpla Nerkep Foundation and Torres Strait Islander artists, Elders, and communities, Straight from the Strait is led by a team of First Nations creatives, performers, musicians, and cultural advisors.

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