The Barunga Festival, one of Australia’s most important cultural events has announced its 2017 program will be held from June 9 – 11.
With thirty-three years as Indigenous Australia’s premier destination for music, sport and culture, Barunga holds a special place in the nation‟s history as the birthplace of Bob Hawke‟s Barunga Statement which called for a Treaty with Indigenous people which was the inspiration for Yothu Yindi‟s iconic anthem.
The event attracts over 4000 people to the Northern Territory, showcasing the Katherine region in all its aesthetic and cultural beauty. With an audience of over 65% Indigenous attendees, the event has become an important and immersive experience for both Australians and travellers seeking a unique and authentic experience of Indigenous Australia.
This year‟s event sees an amazing lineup of musical talent including Missy Higgins, Bunna Laurie, Skinnyfish Sound System as well as a special appearance by Justine Clarke who will perform with students from the Barunga School and Coloured Stone who will be celebrating their 40-year anniversary.
Jawoyn Junior Guides (Barunga School students) design and lead tours of their community and the surrounding bush, providing an authentic Barunga arrival as well as a unique learning experience for the students. traditional dance, spear throwing, didgeridoo (‘yidaki’) playing, weaving, damper making, storytelling both between generations and cultures. Audiences can engage in pass on knowledge and experience, with the festival offering a unique platform to Culture is also an important pillar of the Barunga experience the opportunity to showcase their talent to a large crowd.
The event has a healthy food policy, with a range of cuisines on offer as well as a 100% drug, smoke and alcohol free policy to ensure the family spirit of the Barunga community is maintained. A road safety short film competition will also be held in communities throughout the leadup to Barunga with shortlisted films screened under a blanket of stars on the main stage big screen.
Barunga is not about political dialogue or fine art sales, it is an inclusive community event that doesn‟t talk about reconciliation, it lives it. It is a platform for cross cultural participation for both Indigenous and non- Indigenous alike, where Australians eat together, dance together, play together, learn together and meet each other‟s families.
Barunga isn’t staged for cameras or created for tourists. Barunga is a real community
welcoming you to their home to celebrate all that is great about being Australian through their eyes. Whether you fly, drive or walk, make sure Barunga is on your calendar this June and change the way you see Australia.
Tickets Are Available Now via Moshtix or on the gate
General Admission – $50 (+ bf)
General Admission youth 12 – 17yo – $15 (+bf)
General Admission child 5 – 11yo – $5 (+bf)