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AUSTRALIA. QUEENSLAND. Fears for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in Queensland
22/08/2011 11:18:25

The three-day event is the biggest single platform of the Queensland government's Backing Indigenous Arts initiative, launched in 2007 when Premier Anna Bligh was arts minister. The initiative is designed to foster indigenous arts practices. Avril Quaill was appointed artistic director for this year's fair.

In three years, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair has grown into the nation's biggest annual hub for the trade and exchange of indigenous arts. More than 10,000 people attended last year's event, and with better facilities and a new location within walking distance of the city centre, official attendance figures from this weekend's fair are likely to be considerably higher. The fair delivered much needed focus to a region still suffering from the economic effects of cyclone Yasi and the general tourism downturn. But exhibitors live with uncertainty about the fair's future. The fair's place is not guaranteed. The planning for this year's event wasn't confirmed until March. 

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