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The Cooktown Discovery Festival

The Cooktown Discovery Festival is an annual event held in Cooktown, Far North Queensland, to celebrate the landing of Lt. James Cook at the Endeavour River in 1770 and his meeting with the local Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji people.  

The Cooktown Discovery Festival is an annual event held in Cooktown, Far North Queensland, to celebrate the landing of Lt. James Cook at the Endeavour River in 1770 and his meeting with the local Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji people.  For 50 years, the people of Cooktown have come together in June to celebrate this historic event by staging a fully costumed re-enactment of Cooks landing and his time spent in this tropical paradise with the local Bama (aboriginal people). Although the festival has been held for over 50 years, the 2010 festivities are set to redefine the Discovery Festival to create a balance between the indigenous arts, culture and history and those of the Europeans so as to truly reflect the diplomatic relationship between the two cultures both in 1770 and today. 

The festival will feature a multitude of events including the Re-enactment performance with live musket firing, a Fancy Dress Grand Parade, a variety of musical entertainment, an 18th Century garden party, traditional corroboree, market stalls, kids activities, Banks Florilegium exhibition, a Campfire Yarn Willie Gordon (Guurrbi Tours) and friends, fireworks, as well as arts and crafts workshops and stalls and bush tucker feasts supplied by the local Bama community. 

Come and experience first hand Cooktown’s unique historical significance showcasing 18th Century European and indigenous cultures…. as never seen before.

For more information go to www.cooktowndiscoveryfestival.com.au

 

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