Malandarri Festival

DanceSite returns to Borroloola for 2016 with a new name! Now known as Malandarri Festival, this special community-based event is a celebration of both traditional and contemporary arts and cultural practices from the four clan groups living in Borroloola – the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Gurdanji and Mara people.

Taking place on 21st and 22nd October, Malandarri Festival is the product of a four year relationship established by Artback NT with the community of Borroloola; through the organisation’s Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP), local community and arts workers were empowered through a series of professional developments, touring, performance and capacity building initiatives.

Malandarri Festival will showcase arts and culture through performances, workshops, markets, children’s activities and much more. Come and kick up dust with us at this colourful, energetic event and share in the rich and vibrant cultures that make up the Gulf of Carpentaria!

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See images from DanceSite 2014 and DanceSite 2015. All images taken by Benjamin Bayliss.

Malandarri Festival – Borroloola Showgrounds, Borroloola
Friday 21st October – gates open at 5.30pm
Saturday 22nd October – gates open at 2.00pm
Cost – $5 at the gate, per day with children under 16 free


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Malandarri Festival is supported by Artback NT, Waralungku Arts Centre and the community of Borroloola. Malandarri Festival is funded by the NT Government’s alcohol prevention funds, the McArthur River Mines Cultural Benefit Fund, Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Organisation and MAWA.