Presented for the first time, Clancestry shares the stories of the oldest living cultures on earth from the banks of the Brisbane River.

Clancestry showcases the diversity of the world’s First Nations peoples in the spirit of celebration. It connects kin and clan, the contemporary and the traditional, people and community. Supporting Clancestry is the ideal that art connects people, place and ideas.

The program brings together a rich tapestry of Song Men and Women and highly acclaimed artists to share in the stories, culture and creativity of the First Nations’ people of the world.

Through the presentation of a dynamic and distinctive group of art makers and knowledge keepers, Clancestry welcomes audiences of all cultures to celebrate in understanding who we are and how we belong. From the red sands to the sweet water mountains, the salt water country and luminous sea green islands of the North, Clancestry is a Celebration of Country.

Clancestry features performances by high profile artists alongside new and emerging artists in a program that includes free and ticketed events.   Opening at dusk on Friday 1 March 2013, audiences will share in a traditional Welcome to Country presented on a sand circle on South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt and a performance bringing together artists from across the program to be directed by guest curator Rhoda Roberts.  On Saturday 2 March 2013, the legendary Black Arm Band will perform in QPAC’s Concert Hall.

The free weekend program includes contemporary and traditional performances as well as workshops, discussions, ceremony, and visual arts.

The full program for Clancestry, including events in the lead up to the weekend will be released in late January 2013.