Tropical North Queensland’s Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park has unveiled new Indigenous cultural experiences as it undergoes a $12 million transformation into a versatile all-weather venue.
Cutting edge theatre technology and an open plan glass design that showcases the park’s surrounding rainforest are among the highlights of the redevelopment, due to open early 2015.
Two state of the art theatre spaces, History and Hero’s walk, restaurant and outdoor bar will complement the interactive Cultural Village. In addition to Aboriginal culture, Torres Strait Islander dance can now be experienced at the cultural park with the launch of new performances. This wider cultural offering includes:
Song and dance – An awe-inspiring performance by the Torres Strait Islander Sea Breeze Spirit Dance Troupe ‘Sager Thei-um’ that teaches the cultural connection between the people, the land, the wind and the sea.
Art and language – This performance takes guests on a journey into the varying styles of Australian Indigenous art explaining the role of totems, body painting traditions and the differing types of artistic expression used by the Bama, the people, to identify tribes, languages, dialects and geographical landscapes.
Native menu items – A touch of Indigenous flavour has been added to the cafe and restaurant menus with the help of mentor, Samantha Martin the ‘Bush Tukka Woman’. The cafe now boasts in-house smoked emu and crocodile, while the lunch BBQ features lemon myrtle infused mackerel and kangaroo burgers.
Indigenous chefs – Chef Raymond Wright and apprentice chef Ashley Farrell will take cultural food creation to a new level as they create unique Indigenous flavours infused with native spices and bush foods in preparation for the new restaurant opening in December 2014.
Indigenous sales team – Tjapukai boasts the highest national ratio of Indigenous employees in Australia. New additions to the Tjapukai sales team are Saskia Wrobluskie, managing the MICE and domestic markets; Damian Ralphs, performer and local market executive; and Troyson Bassani, coordinating the education market and US market.