The Barunga Festival has just announced its 2018 program.
This year traditional dancers will take pride of place at the event, with more than ten groups flying and driving in from all corners of the Territory, including Numbulwar’s Dhumbul Dancers, Rirritjingu Clan Dancers, Port Keats, Gumatj, Bulman and Beswick dancers.
As one of the most important cultural events in Australia, the festival focuses on music, art, culture, sport and food.
With traditional dance, spear throwing, didgeridoo playing, weaving, damper making and storytelling also in the mix for festival-goers.
Australian country and popular music star Missy Higgins headlined the festival in 2017.
But this year the early focus is on an all-Indigenous musical lineup.
Talent from across Australia and beyond include Shellie Morris and Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Yirrmal, B2M, Mambali, Tasman Keith, Lonely Boys, Dewayne Everettsmith, Ripple Effect, Tjupi Band and Black Rock Band.
More acts are expected to be announced.
Happening from June 8 – 10, the festival attracts over 4000 people to the Northern Territory.
And with an audience of over 65 per cent Indigenous attendees, the event has become an important and immersive experience for both Australians and travellers seeking a unique experience of Indigenous Australia.
The festival is the birthplace of Bob Hawke’s Barunga Statement and the inspiration for Yothu Yindi’s iconic anthem.
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Barunga Statement the festival will again play a key role in the future of the nation as a meeting place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia to discuss Treaty.
The festival will also provide a platform for Barunga’s elders, all NT Land Councils plus national and territory politicians to advance discussion on progressive reconciliation measures.
Tickets are available now via Moshtix or at the gate.
General admission tickets cost $50, General admission for youth 12 – 17 years cost $15 and general admission for children 5 - 11years cost $5.