5 - 8 JUNE 2015
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“I’ve learned the importance of a strong Indigenous music scene. Cultural festivals like this seem to raise the spirits of the entire community and spread a sense of hope and positivity throughout…every year it creates purpose and pride in its preparation and reinforcement of culture and spreads that message throughout all the communities that participate.”
Missy Higgins, APRA Inbound Delegate 2013
“[Barunga Festival] is about law, dance, music, culture. Whenever we celebrate that, it gets stronger”
John Butler, headline performer 2013
Nearly 40 sports teams from all over the Top End battled it out on the footy field, basketball court and softball diamond. Competition for the coveted Barunga trophies was fierce and it was a big weekend of sporting prowess.
Marngrook Footy Show stars learned a trick or two from the masters of “bush ballet”, footy community style, and added prestige to the proceedings by handing out trophies to the winners.
“This year’s Barunga Festival was the most positive and inspiring event I think I’ve ever been to.
The generosity and willingness of indigenous people to share their culture made the whole event a truly amazing experience. Seeing those thousands of indigenous and non-indigenous people camping out, sharing and celebrating being together made me so hopeful for the future of the Territory. I’ll be back next year and I reckon you should come too.
You won’t regret it.”
Kris Keogh, NT News