8-10 June, 2018 • A celebration & showcase of remote Australian Indigenous community life through music, sport & culture.
 

culture

 

Sharing traditional Indigenous culture with family, friends and visitors to the community lies at the heart of Barunga Festival

 
 
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once in a lifetime experiences

Barunga Festival maintains ancient rites, customs and skills, engages a broad spectrum of the community and offers a platform for passing knowledge and experience on to the next generation.

The traditional cultural program presents many ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities for audiences to engage in traditional dance, spear throwing, didgeridoo playing and making, damper making, weaving, storytelling. Jawoyn Junior Guides – a Barunga School initiative - sees students design and lead tours of the community and surrounding bush. 

 

highlights

  • Participate in Bungul (traditional dance)
  • Take a tour of Barunga with the Jawoyn Junior Guides
  • Sit down with the Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Grup for a workshop and exchange stories over billy tea
  • Compete in the spear-throwing competition 
  • Learn from the masters to make your own yidaki or spear
 
 

 Banatjarl Strongbala
Wimun Grup

 
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Learn traditional skills and exchange stories

Find the Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Group (Women’s Council) set up under several Wugurlarr Bough Sheds (traditional shelters) entertaining and educating visitors. Join the women for a workshop in traditional skills, purchase some art or bush medicine, or simply drop past for a cup of Billy Tea and a piece of warm damper fresh from the coals. 

 

workshops

  • Traditional Weaving
  • Bush Medicine
  • Bush Tucker
  • Damper Making
 
 

Jawoyn Junior Guides Tours

 
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See Barunga from a Local's perspective

Learn about Barunga and it's history from students of Barunga School as they take you on a tour of the town and surrounding areas by foot or mountain bike.

Jawoyn Junior Guides' tours of Barunga and surrounds are a crowd favourite and an absolute highlight of the weekend.

 

 

Good to know

The tours are incorporated in the school curriculum from transition to high school. 

This sort microenterprise development in encouraged and enabled by Barunga Festival and festival committee hopes to see more of these initiatives at future festivals.