Friday June 9 - Sunday June 11 | 2017
“A highlight for me was Gurrumul and Paul Kelly singing Amazing Grace together. Just beautiful”
“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
Teams from WA and Queensland participated in the sports program this year! The Young Women’s Aussie Rules competition was held for the first time this year! Three teams had signed up and another team was fielded when girls from Kalkarindji teamed up with girls from Xavier High School from Albury. It is expected that this competition will grow next year as word spreads throughout the communities.
“Without doubt, Barunga is one of the most humbling experiences I’ve ever had. Aboriginal communities from across the Territory sharing a common camp with those of us from much further afield. Not a lot of common language, but great warmth and welcome. Barunga is what I think a festival should be – sport, art, music, dance and the sharing of stories and culture. Sharing the experience with our InBound guests made it all the richer – realising our limited understanding of Aboriginal culture and community, sharing food, laughs and music around our campfire.”
Dean Ormston, Head of Member Services Group, APRA AMCOS.