Traditional dancing at Barunga Festival

Barunga Aboriginal Sport and Culture Festival

Every June Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

June 5-8th 2009

Barunga Festival is hosted in a remote Aboriginal community, 80km South East of Katherine on the Central Arnhem Rd.

Barunga Festival is a celebration of Jawoyn culture and Aboriginal Australia. The Jawoyn people are the traditional owners of the land stretching from Barunga, through Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) to the Southern part of Kakadu.

Over the festival weekend, visitors are invited to make didjeridu with Jawoyn men, weave pandanus baskets with the women, and listen to Dreamtime stories from the Elders.

There is a full AFL competition, Basketball, Softball, Spear making and throwing, a didjeridu playing competition, and visitors can buy Aboriginal art direct from the artists.

There is a major concert on the Saturday night - this year featuring international hit, and Aboriginal sensation Jessica Mauboy. There is also a battle of the bands of local indigenous talent, and a Road Safety Song competition.

Visitors are invited to camp in the community for this weekend of the year only, alternitavely they can stay in a motel in Katherine, and catch the Nitmiluk Tours (Aboriginal Corporation) bus daily to Barunga.

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