Festival in Borroloola this weekend

TRADITIONAL DANCE: Yellow Kokowam boys and men performing at Malandarri Festival. Picture: supplied.

TRADITIONAL DANCE: Yellow Kokowam boys and men performing at Malandarri Festival. Picture: supplied.

Borroloola is the next community on show this weekend with their second annual Malandarri festival running on Friday and Saturday. 

The festival is all about celebrating community, dance and culture and will be held at the Borroloola Showgrounds. 

“We are coming together to celebrate dancing and song in a cultural way,” festival director Marlene Timothy said.

“Sharing our culture with others on Yanyuwa country, it will be great to see everyone together for two nights. 

“We are really looking forward to the Bollywood Indian performance, as this is very new to our community and we just love to see other people’s dance and culture.”

The festival will highlight the practices of the four clan groups in Borroloola, the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Gurdanji and Mara people, as well as showcase the traditions of other cultures.

The weekend will also feature a school parade, Pacific Island dancing, a marketplace, workshops and children’s activities.

Special guests at this year’s event are Bollywood dancers from Transwings Dance Studio in Darwin.

The drug and alcohol event is supported by  Artback NT.

“You can feel the excitement with the community on many different levels, from the dancers and singers preparing for the festival, to the participants of the production course,”  event project manager Fipe Preuss said. 

“This year the communities will see dances never showcased in Borroloola.

“Sharing culture respectfully helps lift barriers and creates proud positive spaces for all, it’s definitely going to be a great celebration.”

Gates open on Friday, June 16 5.30pm and Saturday 2pm at Borroloola Showgrounds.

Tickets are $5 per day and available at the gate, with children under 16 years free.

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