First Nations

While at BIGSOUND, immerse yourself in Goolwal Goolwal, our First Nations led program dedicated to elevating indigenous voices.

From keynotes and panels to showcase artists and pop-up events across BIGSOUND’s three days, Goolwal Goolwal highlights some of the great artists and creators in our First Nations community.

Make sure you visit Yutta Yutta-ba (House of First People) in Queens on Brunswick, a place for supporting, promoting, and celebrating First Nations music and culture – drop in for a cuppa and a yarn!

Elder in Residence + Advisory Group

We acknowledge the tremendous work of our Elder in Residence Uncle Kevin Starkey, in guiding us, and the invaluable support of the First Nations Conference & Festival Program Advisory Group, chaired by Cameron Costello (Quandamooka), Toni Janke (Wuthathi, Yadighana and Meriam) Deline Briscoe (Yalanji), Jungaji formerly Troy Brady (Gu Gu Yalanji), Dan Rennie (Larrakia, Yawuru), and Sue Ray (Gamilaraay).

#About the Artwork

The goowal goowal artwork is inspired by the raw talent we have in our communities, with the spirit of our ancestors felt in every vibration of our songs and dance. We are the links from the past into the present while our music carries us together to the future."

- Rachael Sarra