A record crowd turned out for the 35th Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival over the weekend.
Ella Archibald-Binge

3 Jul 2017 - 5:04 PM  UPDATED 3 Jul 2017 - 5:06 PM

With more than 9000 visitors coming through the gates on Sunday alone, Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival Event Coordinator, Tracey Ludwick, told NITV News the festival has become a cultural icon.

"This is probably one of the most dynamic festivals in Australia, becoming internally renowned as well,” she says.

"We have people who travel from all over the world to witness centuries of dancing from Cape York communities.

"They can see that culture has not died ­- not here in Cape York anyway, ­by the songs, the dances, the costumes.”

The three-day festival saw more than 20 dance groups from far north Queensland gather at a traditional bora ring site on Quinkan land in Cape York to showcase their culture.

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The crowds were lucky enough to feel the power of the ceremonial dances as performers stomped the ground and the dust filled the air at the traditional bora ring.

Dancers included men, women and children. The event provides the perfect opportunity for whole families and communities to pass down cultural knowledge and pride.


Every group proudly boasted their costumes and props, the necessary accessories to tell the ancient stories represented in dance.

Some groups travelled from afar to showcase their culture.