BARKAA Headlines Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s Saturday Night Concert

BARKAA Headlines Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s Saturday Night Concert

Rap sensation BARKAA is no stranger to the limelight, and next month, the popular singer will take center stage at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF). She is set to headline the Saturday night concert on July 27, alongside local artist Simone Stacey and six young voices from the city’s No Shame in My Game music development program. BARKAA Headlines Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s Saturday Night Concert

Hosted at Tanks Arts Centre, this eagerly anticipated performance is presented by CIAF in partnership with WOW Australia and promises to be a highlight among the fair’s diverse and engaging events. Audiences can expect powerful and unapologetic narratives from some of Australia’s most talented young female performers, spanning hip-hop, DJing, and vocals.

BARKAA behind the scenes filming ‘We Up’ video shoot. (Image: Jazel Jozic)

Using the stage to amplify marginalized voices and promote positive change, BARKAA’s music serves as a call to action for awareness and solidarity. Her involvement in CIAF underscores her commitment to using her platform for social good and community upliftment.

Simone Stacey, equally enthusiastic about performing at CIAF 2024, brings a wealth of experience as an artist and youth coordinator. Her No Shame in My Game music program, which she created, will see six young talents performing alongside her. The program aims to provide solace and healing through music, employing narrative therapy practices to support self-expression. It is particularly impactful for young individuals affected by trauma, entangled in the criminal justice system, or diagnosed with disabilities.

“No Shame in My Game is my way of giving back to the community and helping others. It is a safe and supportive space for people to process what they have been through, connect with their emotions, and freely express themselves through song,” said Stacey.

Simone Stacey. (Image: supplied)

Recognized as one of Queensland’s largest and most culturally immersive events, CIAF has, over its 14-year history, offered career pathways and fostered economic, social, and emotional well-being for thousands of Indigenous artists, designers, and performers. The fair’s commitment to cultural celebration and artistic excellence has made it a significant event on the national cultural calendar.

With BARKAA and Simone Stacey headlining the concert, their performances and involvement in CIAF are sure to draw significant attention from both press and patrons. As CIAF celebrates its 15th anniversary season from Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, 2024, the event promises to be a vibrant showcase of Indigenous talent and culture.

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