The 'greatest community social event in Australia', also known as the Barunga Festival, will make a return this weekend.
Despite the Northern Territory's Chief Health Officer (CHO) suggesting in May the Barunga Festival may be cancelled, much like the Garma Festival, Mr Grose is confident the event will go ahead.
"Garma was cancelled because they could not get their COVID plan passed by the CHO. Barunga does not have the same issues as Garma which relies almost completely on Fly in Fly out patrons," he said.
"Barunga Festival has an approved COVID-plan and I have no concerns given the current situation that the CHO will withdraw the Barunga COVID-plan.
"If in the unlikely event the festival is cancelled, all ticket holders will receive a refund and will be notified by email."
One of the largest events on the Katherine calendar will be held from June 11 to June 13, offering both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples a chance to let loose and enjoy some 'fantastic' entertainment.
"This year's festival looks fantastic with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra presenting songs by various First Nations artists," Barunga Festival director, Mark Grose said.
"The sport program looks huge again this year with softball, basketball and football comps generating lots of interest.
"The APRA stage will again present some real music surprises including Kankawa from the Kimberley region of WA. This year also sees the return of the fashion parade that was so successful way back in 2014."
With the first Barunga Festival held in 1985, the event has a history of attracting thousands of attendees, and Mr Grose attributes the event's popularity due to the 'positive aspects' it promotes.
"This is the greatest community social event in Australia," he said.
"Barunga gives non-Indigenous people a glimpse into the positive aspects of community life and for First Nations attendees, they get the chance to participate in sport and music events while catching up with old friends."
For essential event info, including how to purchase a ticket, click here.
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