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Brisbane’s Clancestry Festival is a week long celebration of First Nation Peoples.

With an emphasis on art and culture, organisers of Clancestry are especially keen to engage non-indigenous Australians in the festivities.

Curator Nadine McDonald-Dowd says the level of interest in indigenous culture has never been stronger and the festival is encouraging visitors to learn how to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in one of the hundreds of¬†aboriginal languages in Australia.

She joins Patricia Karvelas in The Drawing Room along with closing ceremony curator Fred Leone.

Image: Fred Leone is curating Yawar, the closing ceremony of Clancestry.

Image: Fred Leone is curating Yawar, the closing ceremony of Clancestry.