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QLD Music Trails Reveals Speaker Line-up For Shine On Gimuy Event

21 September 2023 | 2:18 pm | Mary Varvaris

Shine On Gimuy presents one of the most intelligent speaker line-ups you could ask for, one filled with people with over 65,000 years of knowledge.

Shine On Gimuy

Shine On Gimuy (Source: Supplied)

Shine On Gimuy, Queensland’s newest art display and festival event, has announced one of the most intelligent speaker line-ups you could ask for, one filled with people holding over 65,000 years of knowledge.

The Shine On Gimuy speaker line-up is spread across the event’s ten-day runtime. It is presented by James Cook University, showcasing a line-up of local superstars representing the Tropics Trail event.

From 5 to 15 October at the Cairns Esplanade, Dan Sultan, Emily Wurramara, Jungaji, and Miiesha will headline the music side of the world-class event as locals David Hudson, Dizzy Doolan, Deline Briscoe and Mau Power and excellent local DJs keep the party going from 5-8 October.

Taking part in the James Cook University Deep Wisdom speaking event, Saibai Islander man and comedian Aaron Fa’Aoso, Professor Henrietta Marrie AM, Dr. Duane Hamacher and Victor Steffensen will lend their wisdom to Shine On Gimuy attendees.

Shine On Gimuy will take over the Cairns Esplanade on the same weekend as Yarrabah Music & Cultural Festival (7 and 8 October). A free event employing over 70 people and tracking 60,000 years of history, science, tradition and stories untold, Shine On Gimuy is an exhibit you don’t want to miss.

When the event was initially announced in August, Shine On Gimuy Creative Director Rhoda Roberts OA commented that the festival “is the illumination of ideas, knowledge, AND country.”

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Roberts continued, “Come and join us and meet the locals; our elders will make you feel like you’re visiting like family, as the sunset provides a magical backdrop of singular beauty for our music, song and dance.”

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch MP added, “The Queensland Government is proud to invest in the Shine on Gimuy Festival with support of more than $460,000 over three years through Arts Queensland’s Strategic Partnerships Fund and $80,000 from the First Nations Commissioning Fund for the event’s opening ceremony.

“Shine On Gimuy will employ more than 70 local artists and arts workers, generate social, cultural and economic benefits, and share the region’s powerful First Nations stories, arts and cultures ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games when Queensland will be showcased on the global stage.”


Cairns/Gimuy, 5-15 October

Dan Sultan, Emily Wurramara, Miiesha, Jungaji