Friday, 1 April 2016

AUSTRALIA'S ABORIGINAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

Tjungu Festival, NT


Tjungu Festival
Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory
April

Held at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort in April, the free four day family-friendly Tjungu Festival celebrates Indigenous culture through everything from culture to fashion, sport to music and art to food. In local Anangu language, Tjungu means meeting or coming together and provides a fantastic opportunity for attendees to be fully immersed in Australian Indigenous and local Anangu culture. There's a bush tucker master class with Indigenous chefs, a concert of contemporary and traditional music as well as the Tjungu Cup - an AFL match.

Ord Valley Muster
Kununurra, Western Australia
May

The Ord Valley Muster is a two week festival held in the remote east Kimberley region of Western Australia. What began as a fun one night event – a dinner in the outback for local businesses – has transformed into a two week festival of more than 50 events celebrating the spirit, talent and cultural diversity of the Kimberley. The program includes sport, art, music and nature-based events from mountain bike challenges to cooking demonstrations to bush walks and basketball carnivals. There are markets, art exhibitions, and music under the stars; and festive street parties and Indigenous events including the Waringarri Corroboree.

National Indigenous Music Awards
Darwin, Northern Territory
May

Indigenous Australia's music is recognised through The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) which is held each August in Darwin. The awards highlight new acts, those who are receiving international acclaim and pays homage to acts who have paved the way some years before. NIMAs is a family-friendly awards night that is held annually in Darwin at the Gardens Amphitheatre and features live music performances from leading Indigenous musicians throughout the evening. In 2013, NIMA celebrated 10 years of recognising Indigenous music and continues to be the main event in the Indigenous music calendar.
*Culled from www.australia.com.

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