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8 July, 2021

Kuranda Roots Festival returns

AFTER a four-year hiatus, the Kuranda Roots Festival is back on with a new venue and a plethora of artists ready to perform this July.

By Rhys Thomas

The Kuranda Roots Festival is back in 2021 after a four-year hiatus.

AFTER a four-year hiatus, the Kuranda Roots Festival is back on with a new venue and a plethora of artists ready to perform this July. 

Set to be held on July 17 to 18 the Kuranda Roots Festival will now take place at Kanjini located at the foot of Emerald Creek Falls just outside of Mareeba. 

Initially held at the Billabong in Kuranda the festival has made the temporary move to Kanjini to better enforce its non-drug and alcohol policy.

With a range of live acts set to perform including many first nations acts the festival is sure to be one not to be missed being hosted in an area of both cultural and biodiversity significance.

Marketing Director for the Kuranda Roots Festival Rikaela Rusch, has been attending the festival since she was a kid and will even be performing at this year’s festival. 

Rikaela is excited to be able to bring the festival back to the region after four years and hopes to see a celebration of first nations voices and culture. 

“We wanted to bring the festival back this year with a different focus, less on the bar environment and hopefully into more caring for country and amplifying first nations voices,” she said. 

“Over half of our music line-up is first nations and we’ve got really amazing artists including locals. 

“Personally, I’m so excited I’ve grown up going to this festival and seeing the new generation performing on the stage they watched growing up is such a beautiful thing.” 

Besides the music there will also be several workshops operating over the weekend focused on being out in nature and caring for the land, as well as fire stick making, weaving, spear throwing and traditional dance workshops.


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