UMI Arts Big Talk One Fire Indigenous Cultural Festival is UMI Arts' annual signature event, held at Fogarty Park, on the sunny Cairns Esplanade. Big Talk One Fire is a free, family-friendly event that brings together a concert with headlining and supporting local Indigenous bands, traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, and pop-up Indigenous market stalls. This event aims to showcase and promote the best of Far North Queensland cultures to a large and varied audience.
The inaugural Big Talk One Fire Indigenous Cultural Festival took place in 2009 at the Cairns Civic Theatre as a cultural celebration held over several days. Since then, this event has grown to such extent that it is now a cultural celebration event of its own, held in a large, public venue to accommodate a rapidly increasing crowd.