Barunga Festival

Festivals and Celebrations

9 Jun 2023 to 12 Jun 2023 Annual Event

Barunga Festival is a must for anyone seeking an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience. An iconic family friendly event on the national festival calendar, Barunga boasts a long proud tradition of celebrating Indigenous music, culture and sport.

2023 is the 35 year anniversary of the Barunga Statement and the event has been handed back to the Bagala Aboriginal Corporation.

Barunga Festival has a long history of showcasing Katherine and Arnhem Land regional arts and supporting remote Indigenous communities to come together and celebrate the positive aspects of community life. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join the festivities and enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with a remote Indigenous community.

Over the years, the festival has grown in popularity and is now recognized as one of the most significant Indigenous cultural events in Australia. It features a range of activities, including traditional dance and music performances, art exhibitions, workshops, sports competitions and cultural talks.

One of the festival’s highlights is the Barunga sports and cultural program, which includes traditional and modern sport. The program also includes cultural activities, such as storytelling and bush medicine workshops.

The festival has played a significant role in promoting Indigenous culture and raising awareness of Indigenous issues in Australia. It has also been instrumental in promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and promoting understanding and respect for Indigenous culture.


Cafe Carpark Family Friendly Public Toilet Restaurant Shop / Gift Shop

Event Dates

Annual Event

9 Jun 2023 to 12 Jun 2023

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