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Tjungu festival

Written by Dave Peterson

Tjungu Festival

Australia is diverse in every respect. Whether it’s Australia’s fauna or flora, traditions or cultures; there is a lot of assortment in the subcontinent down under. If you are touring Australia, you will be amazed to see how different each part of Australia is from the other. Looking at the modern cities of Australia like Sydney, Melbourne or Perth, you would feel that Australia so chic, lively and urban, but you are highly mistaken. Of course Australia is chic lively and urban, but still carries its tradition and culture inside its heart.

Though Australia has moved miles away as far as modernism is concerned, aspects are rooted to its Aboriginal past. For Australians, their Aboriginal culture and traditions, are a matter of pride, hence, they do not shy away from celebrating their past and their roots in the form of Aboriginal art and culture festivals.

Throughout the Australia and throughout the calendar, the Aboriginal art festivals are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm. The Australians revive their past and love to share it with other people. Many tourists from every corner of the world visit Australia, just to witness the cultural heritage of Australia.

if I start counting the different Aboriginal festivals, it will take me forever to complete the list. Hence, coming directly to the Indigenous festival we are unveiling today, the Tjungu Festival.

The Tjungu Festival is a spree of Indigenous culture. Tjangu means coming together or meeting in the Anangu language. During the Tjungu festival, the Australians as well as others come together to celebrate the Indigenous as well as Anangu cultures.

The celebration lasts for days and during these four days, the Northern Territory comes alive. The celebration includes culture, sports, film, food, fashion, music, art and a lot more.

Where :

The celebration takes place at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory

Photo by Peter Pikous Licence CC 2.0Tjungu festival

When :

The Tjungu festival is celebrated in the month of April every year.

Major Highlights of Tjungu festival :

  • Interactive markets that feature indigenous art.
  • “Tastes of Tjungu”, the bush tucker master class with the Indigenous chef is not to miss out. Dine under the stars and have a good time with your friends and family.
  • Enjoy a melodious concert of traditional as well as contemporary music. Amazing bands and musicians perform at this event.
  • The Tjungu Indigenous short film festival is a treat for the film lovers.
  • The Tjungu fashion parade is a phenomenal event.
  • The major attarction of the Tjungu festival is the AFL match.

After tasting immense success in the past years, the Tjungu festival is ready to woo all the travelers as well as locals in the coming year too. The ambassadors and the artists that are a part of this magnificent festival are Dewayne Everett Smith, The Voice’s ZK, Stewart Gaykamangu, Marcus Corowa and Samantha Harris, the top model. The festival will take place in the month of April from 22nd of April to 25th of April, 2016. So, what are you waiting for, pack your bags and get ready for the Tjungu festival.

Featured image Photo by Peter Pikous Licence CC 2.0

Get involved with cultural heritage events near you, see below for more good times coming up:

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival – Homeground – Garma Festival  – Desert Mob – Melbourne Indigenous Art Festival – NAIDOC Week – National Indigenous Music Awards – Ord Valley Muster – Saltwater Freshwater – Spirit Festival

About the author

Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson
Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

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