Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is an annual showcase of the vibrant Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. CIAF showcases the rich diversity of Queensland Indigenous art from more than 300 artists in a curated Art Fair and exhibition. Much more than an Art Fair, CIAF also features an Art Market, dance, music, theatre and knowledge sharing which deliver an unforgettable experience. Held in July every year.

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is an annual showcase of the vibrant Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, held every July at the Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns.

Since its inception in 2009, CIAF has matured, emerging as an annual art fair and festival with an established place in the tropical event calendar of Cairns and the national arts and tourism event schedules. CIAF is committed to strengthening culture and generating interest in Queensland Indigenous art, creating professional development opportunities and cross cultural exchange.

CIAF is more than an art fair, it is a festival celebrating Indigenous arts and culture. At its very core, is a curated collection of traditional and contemporary art works, produced by Queensland Indigenous artists, on display for sale to the public. To compliment the exhibition, CIAF hosts a weekend art market, where smaller artworks, craft and locally produced merchandise are sold through individual stalls, in a colourful, bustling atmosphere. Both events serve as fair and ethical points of sale providing economic opportunity for participating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and art centres.

The CIAF spirit comes alive across Cairns, based at the Cairns Cruise Liner terminal, with satellite event venues throughout the city, hosting theatre, dance, film and art, and giving CIAF presence for a few days either side of the main event. The event last year attracted more than 50,000 visitors who enjoyed all that CIAF has to offer, including dance, performance, live music, film, workshops and knowledge sharing.

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