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5 Of Australia’s Most Amazing Aboriginal Festivals

Postby _-_Monkey_-_ on Jun 11 2018, 9:19pm

Australia's Aboriginal culture is one of the oldest on the planet, and the best way to experience it – expressed through song and dance, sport, film, art, fashion and food – is at one of the many festivals held around the country each year. More than just a celebration, they are important community events where ancient stories and traditions are handed down to youngsters, as well as a time to come together and have fun.

Laura Dance Festival, Cape York


Every two years the tiny town of Laura (four hours drive north of Cairns) turns into an enormous festival, reverberating to the beat of a thousand dancing feet. The Laura Dance festival is one of the largest and oldest Aboriginal cultural festivals in Australia, where people from more than 20 communities gather to dance up a storm, perform cultural ceremonies and sing ancient rhythms and songs that have been sung for millennia. People who visit this festival often leave feeling very grateful for the experience.


Garma, Arnhem Land

The Garma festival is the country's most important meeting of Aboriginal elders, politicians, business leaders and policy makers, held every August near Nhulunbuy, in north-east Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory. But it's not all business. There are four nights of traditional and contemporary music, cultural workshops where you can learn how to make spears, paint, weave and learn the Yolngu language, as well as an indigenous film festival and outdoor art shows. The nightly Bunggul Dance is a breathtaking expression of culture.
Grand Final Day, Tiwi Islands
Football is serious business in the Tiwi Islands, birthplace of some of Australia's most famous AFL (Australian Football League, or Aussie rules) players. These two tiny islands, a 20 minute flight or two hour ferry trip from Darwin in the Northern Territory, are home to just 2700 people but eight Aussie rules teams, and Grand Final Day (usually the second-last Sunday in March) is the biggest day of the year. Much more than just a rollicking good sports match, it's an enormous gathering that has family members returning from all over Australia to cheer on their teams. The event coincides with the annual Tiwi Art Sale, a great chance to buy globally sought after art and crafts, including distinctive wooden sculptures, made by the local Aboriginal community.


Tjungu Festival, Uluru

Uluru is one of the
most spiritual places in Australia, and arguably the perfect place to celebrate Australia's Aboriginal culture. Tjungu is a four day festival held in April at Ayers Rock Resort that kicks off with the Inma dance, a "welcome to country" ceremony performed by the local Anangu people. Taste traditional bush foods, pick up a handmade souvenir at the markets, enjoy an Aboriginal fashion parade and short film festival and dance to traditional and contemporary Aboriginal bands. You can cheer on the boys playing Aussie rules football at the Tjungu Cup and dine in the desert at Tastes of Tjungu, with a modern bush food inspired menu and cooking masterclass hosted by a celebrity chef.

Barunga Festival, Katherine


One of the biggest community events in the Top End (the tropical northern reaches of the Northern Territory), the Barunga Festival, held about an hour's drive south-east of Katherine, is a fabulous chance to party and play with the locals. Over three days on the long weekend in June it's a mix of dancing, live music (traditional and modern), art shows, cultural workshops, a circus, and lots of sport, including Aussie rules football. It's glitz and glamour-free – you’ll need to bring your own camping gear – but offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in an authentic cultural celebration found nowhere else on Earth.

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Re: 5 Of Australia’s Most Amazing Aboriginal Festivals

Postby Quote on Jun 12 2018, 7:07am

Very neat and interesting. Always thought Australia was one of the most unique places. I only see four festivals though?
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Re: 5 Of Australia’s Most Amazing Aboriginal Festivals

Postby Centaur on Jun 12 2018, 9:52am

Cool pictures & post. Lucky if you have been to any of these. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: 5 Of Australia’s Most Amazing Aboriginal Festivals

Postby Caedis on Jun 12 2018, 10:09am

-_-Monkey-_- wrote:
Eagle wrote:Very neat and interesting. Always thought Australia was one of the most unique places. I only see four festivals though?



I’m glad you asked ...yes Eagle Aboriginees have many festivals celebrating their culture these first four are some of the most unique. The fifth one I think worth mentioning is the largest gathering of Aboriginees Australia sees every year. They all attend this one ...but not just Aboriginees. Indigenous peoples of all nations are invited to this next one. Tribes of the Amazon Rain Forest, Pacific Islanders, tribesman in Africa even the Inuit, Yupec, Alut, Mashco-Piro, etc etc etc (all of them) Tens and tens of thousands attend the annual. It’s a fertility right for men and a celebration of passage into manhood for the boys. It’s called the....

“Festival of Long Hard Thick Thrusting Aboriginal Spears”

...Ella’s mom has it at her house every year 


And there’s the Monkey I was looking for

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Re: 5 Of Australia’s Most Amazing Aboriginal Festivals

Postby Tzshifter on Jun 12 2018, 12:51pm

I thought Australians hated/killed aborigines?
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Re: 5 Of Australia’s Most Amazing Aboriginal Festivals

Postby Caedis on Jun 12 2018, 1:29pm

Tzshifter wrote:I thought Australians hated/killed aborigines?


Oh, yeah, they did both. Kind of like the Australian version of American slavery, the Trail of Tears, segregation, and South African Apartheid all rolled into one big kangaroo punch.

They don’t really like to talk about it. Or dingoes eating babies. Or the fact that they’re all pretty much genetically inclined to criminal behavior, being the descendants of a British penal colony and all.

Not sure if I can use the laughing emoji here, or if that would be insensitive.

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Re: 5 Of Australia’s Most Amazing Aboriginal Festivals

Postby -_-Monkey-_- on Jun 13 2018, 11:23am









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Postby -_-Monkey-_- on Jun 13 2018, 11:35am

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Re: 5 Of Australia’s Most Amazing Aboriginal Festivals

Postby -_-Monkey-_- on Jun 13 2018, 11:46am

...like I said everyone’s invited, just bring your spear

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