Indigenous artists from the remotest parts of Australia will be at the Malandarri Festival in Borroloola this year, following a partnership with regional airline Airnorth.
Travelling from one remote location to another poses difficulties with long distances and dirt roads to traverse.
Indigenous Traditional Dance Program coordinator, Eve Pawlik, said the support from the airline is "invaluable".
Without it, Indigenous acts from the furthermost corners of Australia would not get the chance to perform.
"The remoteness of Borroloola makes travel for performers difficult," she said.
"This partnership has ensured we are able to bring new and diverse acts to extend the cultural diversity the festival is known for."
Falling on this weekend, the festival will see a full Indigenous line-up take to the stage over two days.
Known for its strong multi-cultural representation, the Malandarri Festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary arts and cultural practices.
The small town of Borroloola, an eight hour drive from Katherine, sits about 50km from the Gulf of Carpentaria, and has a population of about 1000.
Festival director and cultural events officer, Marlene Timothy, a senior Yanyuwa/Garrwa woman, said the focus is on developing opportunities for local artists.
Leading the ITDP community engagement in Borroloola and Robinson River, she said it was important to ensure the festival and activities are community driven.
"The Malandarri Festival is unique, there is nothing else like it in the Territory," she said.
"You feel part of it as an audience member, there is a real sense of intimacy."
This year's all Indigenous line-up includes performances from Borroloola clan groups, Ngardiji Dancers, the White Cockatoo Performing Group, Polynesian dance group, and many more.
"People will see salt water and fresh water peoples performing. The dancing is very different in style to that of Darwin and the desert area. We are looking forward to sharing our culture and inviting others to share theirs," Ms Timothy said.
For more information about the festival, head to the website here.
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