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Miriki Performing Arts is a company of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers based in Cairns and the surrounding regions. Aged between 11 and 20 years, the dancers learn alongside mentors like Artistic Director Pauline Lampton (Elder) who share their passion to express their Indigenous heritage and history through unique choreography and the presentation of their work.

Miriki Performing Arts was created to encourage and give opportunity to the Indigenous Australian youth  to create, choreograph and perform their Australian Indigenous heritage through theatre based performances.

Original choreography is entirely based on true stories which capture Australian Indigenous history. Miriki performers feel honoured by presenting Indigenous elders’ story via theatrical performances.

Miriki has captured a tapestry of Australia’s Indigenous heritage and history by sitting with elders from the nations of Yidinji, Wiradjuri, Bundjalung, Arukubindi, Giddamay and descendants from Tafea Province who are now Australian South Sea Island descendants.

The stories we showcase are passed on from generation to generation. Miriki Performing Arts are truly honoured to be bearers of such intimate and personal stories which reflect our elders’ storyline and cultural identity.

Miriki Performing Arts and
The Australian Ballet

The 2019 residency was at Tanks Arts Centre through the sponsorship of Cairns City Council. The program culminated in a performance of a new co-created dance work that explored ideas around society and young people, citizenship, resilience and positive life choices. 36 young people from Cairns and the surrounding regional areas such as Kuranda, , the Cook Islands, Bowen and Townsville participated in the residency.

Miriki Performing Arts and
Murama Youth summit

Murama Youth Summit is a resilience based cultural intervention program based on the strengths of Aboriginal culture which aims to heal our communities. The program focuses on belonging, kinship and traditional values as the stepping stones on a right of passage to reweave the cultural connectedness between individuals, families and the community,”

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0427 861 538



16 McCormack Street, Mooroobool
4870 Cairns, Queensland, Australia

"Following in the footsteps of our ancestors" .

Miriki acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging..