CIAF 2020 highlight: "Water is Sacred" Fashion Showcase


Swapping catwalk for Country and taking cue from this year's theme, Water is Sacred, Cairns Indigenous Art  Fair will utilise an innovative, virtual platform to deliver a culturally charged fashion event to the world.

And it all happens as a livestreamed Facebook event on CIAF's Facebook page at 7pm Friday August 21.

For this year's eighth, but first ever, digital iteration of CIAF's signature event, choreographer Hans Ahwang is joined by creative duo, Bernard Singleton and Simone Arnol. 


Together they will produce and showcase seven designer collections filmed and photographed in Tropical North Queensland's most picturesque, water-based locations from Wangetti Beach and Green Island to Tinaroo Dam, Davies Creek Falls and Cairns Aquarium.

A creative cohort of 12 models, hair and make-up artists and crew converged at The Tanks Arts Centre for rehearsals prior to starting an intense, seven day filming schedule that began on Saturday 11 July at Wangetti Beach and wrapped a week later a Freshwater Creek.

Tune in to 2020.ciaf.com.au from 7:00 pm on Friday 21 August for Water is Sacred, with viewers set to experience a spectacular and engaging 90-minute production that celebrates water, commends its care and sustaining its connection to Country.

This year's presenting fashion designers include Lynelle Flinders, Bana — Yirriji (Wujal Wujal), Eunice Hosea, Nicole Chafield, Simone Arnol & Djunngaal Elders Group, Yarrabah, Hope Vale Arts and Culture Centre, Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre Inc.

View the CIAF 2020 Program here