Sharing traditional indigenous culture with family, friends and visitors to the community lies at the heart of Barunga festival.
The Festival is proud to preserve ancient rites, customs and skills, and engage the broader community to offer a platform for passing on knowledge and experience to the next generation as well as to the non-Indigenous community.
The traditional cultural program presents many ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities for audiences to engage in traditional dance, spear throwing, didgeridoo playing and making, bush medicine and cooking, weaving and dreamtime storytelling.
Barunga Junior Guides – a Barunga School initiative – again was a big hit last year, with their walking tours of the local land and community.
One of Barunga’s main features is the Bunggul traditional dance, with dancers coming from across the top end putting on a spectacular showcase.
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Music is a big part of community life, bringing together children, artists, performers, song men and song women to share stories and culture with the audience through song and dance.
At Barunga Festival, traditional meets contemporary music across two stages, over three big nights. Nationally acclaimed musicians perform alongside emerging community artists from all over the NT, in a breeding ground of musical collaboration.
The music program at Barunga Festival 2024 will have an amazing array of superstar performers and community musicians.
Aboriginal people have always played a broad variety of traditional games, and today many Aboriginal athletes excel in their discipline and often across several codes.
Sport is the backbone of health and well being for all communities because it provides a sense of belonging and a feeling of coherence, commitment and something to stand for which creates meaning and purpose.
Witness naturally gifted talent at it’s best. Over forty sporting teams from across the Northern Territory are coming to participate in AFL, basketball, softball and for the first time at Barunga we will have Rugby 7s.
On Wednesday 13th September Bagala Aboriginal Corporation was awarded the 2023 Territory Winner of Best Community Event at the Australian Event Awards for the Barunga Festival. Accepting the Award on their behalf was Anya Lorimer Event Co-ordinator from Campaign Edge Sprout and James Poppleton GM Projects and Operations Aboriginal Investment Group.
The buzz in the room being surrounded by Australia's biggest event co-ordinators was electric. The recognition is well deserved and we thank the support from sponsors and the hard work of the board, NLC, festival partners, suppliers and attendees. Barunga Festival is starting to plan for 2024 so the hard work starts again to make it bigger and even better.
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BAGALA STILL WAITING FOR A VOICE
The Bagala Clan was proud to again stage the Barunga Festival on their traditional land.
It was three glorious days of proudly showing off their culture to the world.
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BRINGING US TOGETHER
The Barunga Festival is a unique event that brings together remote Northern Territory communities to celebrate Indigenous music, culture and sport.
This iconic event, held on the traditional lands of the Bagala clan of the Jawoyn people in Barunga, is a testament to the rich cultures, heritage, and contributions of the Aboriginal communities in the Katherine and Arnhem Land region.
The 2023 Barunga Festival marks the 35th anniversary of the Barunga Statement, a powerful message developed by prominent and respected Aboriginal leaders, who called for the recognition of the rights of Indigenous People.
Words by National Indigenous Australians Agency