Torres Strait Cultural Festival - Thursday Island

Torres Strait Islanders are more closely related to the islanders of New Guinea than the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Every second September, a festival that celebrates their culture is held on Thursday Island, with a colourful display of songs, dances and dari – the traditional headdresses that are unique to each island. Although the program varies, it usually includes a lively street parade, stalls selling traditional jewellery, baskets and drums, and feasts of damper and turtle prepared on open fires. During alternate years, a music festival is usually held.

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