Shine On Gimuy

3 - 13 October 2024

Event Details

Shine On Gimuy is an immersive First Nations arts, cultural and ideas festival, led by Artistic Director, Rhoda Roberts AO. Held along the glistening foreshore of tropical Gimuy/Cairns, our 2024 festival will bring the Esplanade and Salt House Festival Hub to life from 3-13 October.

Hosted by the Yidinji Nation, on their homelands, our festival is a celebration of all forms of First Nations storytelling, showcasing innovative arts and cultural practices, as well as illuminating insights in science and industry. Country—and First Nations peoples’ connections to Country—are integral to our festival.

In 2024 visitors can experience the signature events:

• Art Story Walk (an immersive installation of light and art sculpture, animation and soundscapes)

• Calling Country Ceremony (a coming-together of dance groups from local and neighbouring Nations and clan groups—a ceremony not performed for a century until 2023’s event)

• Deep Wisdom Talks (a series of symposium topics, remarking on philosophy, science, the arts, culture, and politics)

• Music Makers performances (featuring world-renowned and emerging talent)

• Blak Markets (art, crafts and business stalls)

• With more to be announced in July and August

Shine On Gimuy is produced by Queensland’s Shine On Productions and is presented in partnership with QMF. Shine On Gimuy is part of the QMF Tropics Trail:

Our First Nations-led festival was universally applauded in 2023’s inaugural year, with attendance over the 10 day Festival reaching over 33,000 and accruing $2 Million for the local/regional economy.

  • Shine On Gimuy


    The Boulevard, Cairns Esplanade and Salt House Cairns, Esplanade, Cairns City
    Queensland Australia

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    Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.


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