UFO sightings, natural disasters & the plight of the Great Barrier Reef are just some of the inspirations behind this year’s Pop-Up North Queensland (PUNQ) festival, which will see North Queensland’s natural environments awash with boundary-pushing art and culture from 30 July.
From sugar-cane fields to island-beaches, the 10-day festival will take place in some of the world’s most beautiful natural locations, inviting attendees to explore what lies beneath the surface of these seemingly sleepy sites.
The biennial PUNQ festival aims to disrupt perceptions of North Queensland and this year expands from its roots in Wulgurukaba and Bindal Country (Townsville) to include Yunbenun (Magnetic Island), Gudjal Country (Charters Towers) and Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country (Hinchinbrook).
In its third iteration, PUNQ 2021 will debut new initiatives including a regional art-trail experience and a site-specific artwork commissions program to engage people in surprising ways, guided by established local and interstate artists.
For more information visit punq.org.au
Hero Image: Dancenorth by Amber Haines
PUNQ Festival Images:
01: Tania Lou Smith’s ‘Untitled (gloves)’
02: Dancenorth’s ‘World Interior’ for premiere at PUNQ Festival 2021. Pictured Amber Haines Image Kyle-Page
03: Jill Chism’s ‘Preserve/Conserve – Invocation #3: Openness – Going with the Flow’. Image Tim Ellis
04: Libby Harward’s ‘WRONG WAY GO BLACK’ for ‘Both Ways’ Billboard Exhibition