Northern Queensland arts festivals optimistic despite state’s partial lockdown

Spirits remains high with FNQ festivals focused on upcoming programs despite Brisbane’s lockdown continuing.

Arts organisations remain focused on upcoming events despite the snap lockdown order covering 13 Queensland Local Government Areas (LGAs) until 6pm today (Friday 2 July), and the recent 24 hour extension announced for Moreton Bay and Brisbane City.

While the opening performance of the month-long North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA), Dungarri Nya Ngarri Bi Nya (‘now we have arrived’), has been rescheduled, spirits otherwise remain high in the state’s north.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.