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Program

Our Program

With an action-packed ten day expo on the horizon we recommend you prepare your itinerary so you don’t miss a thing!

Experience our region’s culture, history, food, art, music, dance and unique botanical and marine beauty. 

Watch this space for program updates and artist announcements.

Reconciliation Rocks Music Festival

11-13 JUNE 2021

  • Free Reconciliation Rocks Concert featuring Troy Cassar-Daley, Busby Marou and Mau Power
  • Featuring some of the region’s best known Indigenous and non-Indigenous performing artists
  • Indigenous Back in Time showcase featuring bush tucker tasting, weaving, spear throwing,  regional Indigenous art exhibitions, language workshops and story telling
  • Live re-enactment of the first recorded act of reconciliation between Captain Cook and the Guugu Yimithirr bama
  • Reconciliation Rocks precinct Official Opening and smoking ceremony 
  • The Warrma and fireworks – local dancers from First Nation’s communities, both within our Shire and surrounding areas, tell their stories of the dreaming, indigenous history and legends through dance, theatre, music in a choreographed performance with special visual effects.
  • Key events hosted in partnership with Cape York Indigenous communities
  • Fun fair and side show alley
  • Cape York and Torres Strait Islands Regional Arts Showcase 

We are proud to announce Reconciliation Rocks Headline Artists. See them at the FREE Reconciliation Rocks Concert Saturday 12 June 2021.

Troy Cassar-Daley

Busby Marou

Mau Power

Cape York Business Expo


14-16 JUNE 2021

  1. The Cape York Business Expo will be held at the Cooktown Events Centre, which will accommodate up to 55 exhibitor stands
  2. Hosted in conjunction with Clean Growth Choices, the Cooktown & Cape York Business Expo will host a number of forums and workshops on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 June
  3. Businesses and groups from across Tropical North Queensland and the Cape York Peninsula will be showcasing their products and services in the Business Expo at the Cooktown Events Centre
  4. Visitors will be able to divide their time between talking with exhibitors and learning from a variety of speakers who will be scheduled on stage throughout the week.

Discovery Festival


18-20 JUNE 2021

  • Live performance and re-enactment of the landing of Captain Cook and his interactions with the Guugu Yimithirr bama
  • The Endeavour Ball (ticketed)
  • Cape York Regional Street Parade 
  • History tours, talks and stories from the Gold Rush 
  • Botanic Gardens tours, Banks Florilegium and Vera Scarth-Johnson botanic art exhibition, botanic art workshops
  • The Cooktown Cantata – Botanical Reflections – a musical work of reconciliation especially commissioned for Cooktown Expo 2021 (ticketed) 
  • Live music from a a variety of musical talent
  • Fun fair and side show alley
  • Under the Sea and Ocean Illumination Lantern Parade
  • Farewell Concert and Warrma
  • Fireworks

Experience our shared stories, acknowledge the past, recognise the present and celebrate our future.

Cook Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which Cooktown 2020 commemorations will be held and pay respect to the Elders past, present and future. 

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