Redcliffe MuseumExhibition: Dancing in fetters - the culture of convict dance

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When we think of convicts, we don’t tend to think of music and dance. But dance was an integral part of everyday life and one of the most popular forms of recreation in the early colony. Convicts danced to escape the drudgery and harshness of their existence. It provided social cohesion, a sense of belonging and cultural identity in a strange new land.

They were encouraged to dance on the long voyage to the colony for their good health and some danced to the music of their jangling chains. Come, discover and join in with the hands-on activities.

Exhibition developed by Moreton Bay Regional Council in partnership with dance historian, Heather Clarke.

Image credit: A convict jig, 2018. Image courtesy of Moreton Bay Regional Council.


25 August 2018 - 18 November 2018


Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm


Redcliffe Museum - 75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe




Redcliffe Museum
Ph: (07) 3883 1898

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