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Aboriginal Events and Festivals in Australia

Written by Noah Murphy

When we think about Australia, the picture of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles, Kangaroos, white sandy beaches, Blue Mountains, run in our mind. Australia is truly blessed with jaw- dropping beauty, but there is more to it. Every place in Australia has a rich history attached to it. The country down under is not only known for its beauty, but also for its rich culture and history.

Aboriginal Events and Festivals in Australia

Australia had been home to the Indigenous people, before the European settlement began to establish. With the European settlement, the face of Australia began to change. The country began to flourish and gradually began to take large steps towards modernity, but the best part is that Australia has never left its culture. The country progressed in terms of everything, but it kept its roots guarded. This thing is quite evident in the Aboriginal Events and Festivals that are celebrated with great zeal in Australia.

These Aboriginal Events and Festivals are quite popular among the tourists too. These events are witnessed by n number of travelers every year. Many tourists plan their trip to Australia around these festivals in order to take a glimpse of the rich culture and history of Australia. If you too are planning your next vacation in Australia and want to peep into the Aboriginal history and culture, plan your visit around these fests. We bring to you the famous Aboriginal Events and Festivals in Australia-

Yabun Festival

The Yabun Festival is held every year in the month of January in Sydney, New South Wales. This is the largest and the most popular single day Indigenous festival held in Australia. About 10,000 to 15,000 people witness this festival on Australia Day. This is the best Indigenous Music Event of the country where you can hear the Australia’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, get up close and personal with the academics, leaders, artists and politicians of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival

If you are in Australia in the month of February, do not miss the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival which helds in Melbourne, Victoria. You will get to see some of the most enticing events like contemporary and traditional Indigenous theatre, dance, screen, visual art, spoken word, cabaret, conversation and opera. Other interesting events that are held here are cultural dance gathering, Aboriginal Heritage Walks and Koorioboree.

Spirit Festival

The Spirit Festival takes place in Kaurna country in Adelaide, South Australia in the month of February. It is a spectacular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Cultural Festival of South Australia. Art, music, dance and culture are celebrated with great zeal. A smoking ceremony is pulled off to gratify the spectators to the Palti Yerta (dance ground).

didgeridoo-Aboriginal Events and Festivals in AustraliaTjungu Festival

This is a grand celebration of Indigenous culture involving everything from art, dance, sports, fashion, music, food and what not. The festival takes place in Voyages Ayers Rock Resort in the month of April. This 4 day family friendly festival is a great way to learn about the Indigenous culture of Australia and the local Anangu culture. You can enjoy a a traditional and contemporary music concert, the Tjungu Cup – an AFL match and a bush tucker master class with none other than the Indigenous chefs.

Aboriginal Events and Festivals in AustraliaMowanjum Festival

Kimberley, Western Australia hosts the Mowanjum Festival in the month of July. This 1 day and 1 night event will give you a closer look at the culture and art of the Western Kimberley’s , Ngarinyin, Wunumbal and Worrorraand. There are many things to look forward to, in this festival like boab tree nut carving, overa a hundred Indigenous dance performances, magnificent corroborrees and didgeridoo workshops. The event s held at the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre.

Yabun Festival, Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, Spirit Festival, Tjungu Festival and Mowanjum Festival; if you have paid a visit to any of these art festivals, we are waiting to hear more from you about your experience, here.

About the author

Noah Murphy

I have a great interest in travel, adventure and politics. I moved to Australia age 25 from England. From a young age I have always viewed the world as an opportunity. My travel and current affairs writing offers me a opportunity, my approach to life is a shared learning journey, were we meet many travelers along their life's journey, what matters to me is capturing the moments. I reflect, grow and share as much as possible on my journey towards self actualization.

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