Brisbane Festival and King Street present

Connecting with Local Stories


21 - 28 Sept | Alexandria Park




Aboriginal Storytellers are the keepers of more than 65,000 years of knowledge. From the Dreamtime to the modern day, hear how the planet’s oldest continuing culture passes on knowledge to keep culture and law strong.

As a highlight of our series of intimate storytelling events on King Street, Connecting with Local Stories offers insights from local Aboriginal community members as they share stories connected to country. Join us over four enjoyable and interactive sessions for a yarn in a relaxed and informal setting.

Activism and repatriation: in conversation with Uncle Bob Weatherall - Sat 21 Sept

Uncle Bob is a Kamilaroi and Ngemba man and a high-profile Aboriginal activist. Join us as we have a yarn with Uncle Bob about his times at the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research (FAIRA), along with his passion for the repatriation of Aboriginal ancestral human remains and cultural property.

Growing up connected to culture: in conversation with Derek Sandy - Sun 22 Sept

Derek Sandy was born on his mothers' country of the Yerongpan clan, descending from the Yerongpan and Miguntyun clans from Brisbane, and the Mununjali clan from Beaudesert. Join us as we have a yarn with Derek about his upbringing rooted in culture and the importance of passing on knowledge to the next generation.

In conversation with Willie Prince - Fri 27 Sept

Willie Prince is an Aboriginal man from Kalkadoon and Wakka Wakka country. Born in 1960 at Cherbourg Mission, Willie was hospitalised 16 times as a child. At two years old he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and grew up in institutionalised care. Join respected elder Wilfred Prince as we celebrate his retirement. After 30 years of working at the State Library of Queensland, we're keen to hear what's next for this local legend.

In conversation with Aunty Kerry Charlton - Sat 28 Sept

Aunty Kerry Charlton is a Goo’enpul-Yuggera and Ngundan-Kabi Kabi women of wider and coastal Brisbane and Walangama in the Gulf. She grew up between Stradbroke Island, inner Brisbane and Inala. Last week Aunty Kerry launched a lexicon of Yugarabul (Yuggera) language after 10 years of historical research. Join us as we discuss the importance of language revitalisation in the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Suitable for all ages.



This event concluded in 2019.

Sat 21 Sept, 5pm - 6pm
Sun 22 Sept, 5pm - 6pm
Fri 27 Sept, 6pm - 7pm
Sat 28 Sept, 5pm - 6pm

Alexandria Park

Cnr of Machinery and Alexandria Street
Bowen Hills
Qld 4006

Free Event

Wheelchair Access

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