Barunga Festival - Lots of photos

muzza22au

Well-Known Member
I just got back from a long weekend festival in Barunga which is an aboriginal community in the Northern Territory.

We drove from Jabiru to Barunga which is a nice easy tarmac drive (not good for my mud tyres).

History


Barunga Festival officially began in 1985 in the remote Aboriginal community of Bamyili instigated by the leader of the Bagala clan, Bangardi Lee.

In 1988, Barunga was the site of Aboriginal leaders coming together and presenting Prime Minister Bob Hawke with the Barunga Statement which called for a treaty. Prime Minister Hawke signed the statement in his visit to the Festival but sadly, it was never brought before Parliament. Yothu Yindi went on to write the worldwide hit ‘Treaty’ as a result of this gathering at the Barunga Festival.



About Barunga Festival


Barunga Festival, held annually on the Queen’s birthday long weekend (5-7th June, 2015) is now in its 30th year, earning its place as one of the most important community festivals in regional Australia.

The Festival has a strong history of showcasing the Katherine region and supporting remote indigenous communities to come together and celebrate the positive aspects of community life through football, basketball, softball, music (contemporary and traditional), traditional arts and culture. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with a remote Indigenous community.

The 2014 Festival attracted around 3000 visitors from far and wide, and garnered national and international media coverage.

In 2015, this much-loved Territory event promises to deliver an incredible program of music, sport, culture, art, dance, circus, kids activities, workshops, healthy food and many more festive treats – all of which will be revealed in the New Year.


Camp set up, limited spaces due to there being over 3000 people at this festival.


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Food stalls



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Workshops


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Croc free swimming




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Dog friendly



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Traditional owners


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Traditional dancing


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by Scott Murray, on Flickr


Large Sculptures


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Amazing Sunsets


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by Scott Murray, on Flickr


Live bands


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Ground oven cooking Kangaroo


by Scott Murray, on Flickr
 

muzza22au

Well-Known Member
Spear throwing competition


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


Numerous cameras


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


Great camp food


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


Various campers


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by Scott Murray, on Flickr


by Scott Murray, on Flickr


Music in the bush


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Untitled by Scott Murray, on Flickr


Untitled by Scott Murray, on Flickr


Clear skies


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Yummy chocolate


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teza h

Well-Known Member
Great Stuff mate,,thanks for sharing. Such things deserve more coverage for sure.

Cheers Teza.
 

80lover96gxl

Moderator
Looks like a great weekend and great to see traditional cultures incorporated in modern society.

As said , these events do deserve more publicity.
 
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