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NPA Arts Centre

The Northern Peninsula Area Arts Centre (NPA) is located in the beautiful Aboriginal community of New Mapoon, 40kms from the Tip of Cape York Peninsula, the northern most point on the Australian Continent. 

Our artists hail from the three Aboriginal Communities of Injinoo, Umagico and New Mapoon, and two Torres Strait Islander Communities of Bamaga and Seisia. Together, they make up the five communities of the Northern Peninsula Area. 

With such diverse communities, all in close proximity, our artists draw inspiration for their artworks from the land, sea, family & cultural ties, language and traditional stories passed down through song and dance. 

As the only arts centre in the NPA region, our vision is to promote, preserve, empower, harness and capture the artistic creative talents of our artists and their artworks that showcases the rich cultural diversity that is the NPA. 

All visitors are welcome. 


Contact Information

Yanti Ropeyarn – Arts Development Coordinator
Jo Northington – Arts Centre Assistant (volunteer)

A: 80 Brown Street, New Mapoon, Queensland 4876
P: (07) 4083 0271
E: arts@nparc.qld.gov.au 

NPA ART CENTRE BUSINESS HOURS  
MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY 10AM - 5PM
THURSDAY 11AM - 7PM
FRIDAY 10AM - 3PM
SATURDAY 9AM - 1PM
SUNDAY CLOSED
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS CLOSED
Art Centre closes for 1 hour lunch break Mon-Fri  

 

 

 

 

 

Zugubaw Thithuyil Dance Troupe

The Zugubaw Thithuyil Dance Troupe perform  traditional Island dances based on cultural legends and traditions from Saibai Island, in the Torres Strait. Based in Seisia, they retell the story of their ancestors journey from Saibai Island to the mainland. 

Their fearsome costumes imitate the traditional warrior dress of their ancestors and war paint depicts the individual's totem. 

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Injinoo Dance Troupe

Injinoo's extraordinary dance troupe perform dances that relive Gudang cultural practices and share stories of animal Dreaming. With dancers both young and old, they continue to pass down their culture down through each generation. 

They have been recognised for their great skill, performing at CAIF Indigenous Art Fair 2010, Laura Festival '10, '09 and '07 as well as Cardwell Festival ' 09, Caboolture Dreaming Festival and Woodford Festival '05 and many other venues.

You can view the Injinoo dancers performing at Injinoo Point, Cowal Creek here.

 

Berlibal Dance Troupe

Combining traditional dance, costume and music to contemporary ideas, the Berlibal Dance troupe is known for their breathtaking and unique performances. A mix of men and women of all ages, Their dances tell the stories of the journey from Saibai Island to the mainland 

and depict cultural legends. You can view the dancers performing here.

 

 

New Mapoon Dance Troupe

Exploring the journey from Old Mapoon through dreamtime stories with a contemporary twist, the New Mapoon Dance Troupe are known for their linear storytelling, expressing hunting and cultural stories though traditional dance.

"People watching can identify with the stories told, from spearing fish to searching for sugar bag," choreographer Johnny Mark explains.

The New Mapoon Dance Troupe encourage community participation and education, with a no school, no dance policy.