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Closing Ceremony & Concert Finale

Online event:

Sunday 23rd August

2pm - 6pm

Live-streamed via the CIAF Facebook page


Closing Ceremony: Cairns Traditional Owners, the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji Nation and Artistic Director Janina Harding,  officially  farewell CIAF 2020- The Cultural Evolution, includes the presentation of the 2020 People’s Choice Art Award by proud Bidjara woman Gill Mailman,  Managing Director and CEO of her company Fibre Optics.   

Concert Finale: Join us in celebrating the close to CIAF 2020, with a live streamed music concert featuring Far North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers. 



Wilma Reading

Wilma Reading is a singer from Cairns, Queensland. She is the niece of Heather Pitt and Georgia Lee. In August 2019, Reading was inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame. On 2 November 2019, Reading opened the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival. Wilma has led a life worthy of a Hollywood film: boasting a 50-plus year career, she's starred in musicals, partied with The Rat Pack in Las Vegas and performed with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, yet remains relatively unknown in her home country.




3MPride is a community led positive movement initiative for the 3 'M' suburbs of Cairns West – Manoora, Manunda and Mooroobool.  Strengthen the community and shift the stigma of living in an 'M suburb' as well as instil positivity, respect, hope and pride.


Mau Power

Hailing from the cultural centre-point of the Torres Strait Islands, Patrick ‘Mau Power’ shares the story of his people to audiences all over the world. With two albums under his belt (The Show Will Go On & Blue Lotus The Awakening), Mau Power’s  uniquely Indigenous style of Hip-Hop has featured as the headline act at numerous national and international festivals, culminating with the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.


Naomi Wenitong

Born in Cairns of a large family belonging to the Kabbi Kabbi people of South East Queensland, Nay was raised in Newcastle, NSW. With both parents' musicians, the soundtrack to Nay's childhood was both ever-present and eclectic.

From supporting the likes of Destiny's Child, Public Enemy, Usher and Kylie Minogue, it is without question Naomi Wenitong is one of the most promising young talents to emerge from contemporary Australian music in recent history. With a story as inspirational as it is unique, her passion, resilience and exceptional musical ability have fuelled her journey from humble beginnings to the world stage.


Moses Warusam

Moses Warusam originates from Saibai Island in the Torres Straits and was raised by his grandparents Mebai and Rona Warusam.

After studying music at Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music in Adelaide University, he relocated back to his Island home and became a Music Teacher and a Teacher’s Aide at Saibai Island State School for three years.

Due to limited opportunities for music on the island, Moses moved to Cairns in 2007 and enrolled at Tropical North Queensland TAFE graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Music.  Moses started playing with several bands and networking with local Cairns musicians. He continues to be one of the most sort after session guitarist to several bands and music ensembles, performing both locally, along the Queensland coast and also northern New South Wales.

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