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Malandarri Festival

The Malandarri Festival is an annual community-led dance and cultural event that celebrates and showcases the artistic and cultural achievements of the four different Indigenous clan groups in Borroloola, Robinson River and surrounding region: Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Gudanji, and Marra Clans.


The Malandarri Festival is a part of Artback NT’s Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP). ITDP was established to support the Northern Territory’s artistic and cultural practices through inter-generational learning, strengthening relationships between Elders and young people and encouraging cultural leadership.


The McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust supports the Malandarri Festival by providing $150,000 annually to Artback NT to deliver the Malandarri Festival and annual program. We’ve been working with Artback NT to grow the festival and annual program to provide more programming and alignment to other Community Benefits Trust programs and have supported the program for another three years from 2020-2023. We congratulate Artback NT and local producer Marlene Timothy and community dancers, participants and spectators for their achievements and support for this important and growing local program. 

Bongiliny Bongiliny - White Cockatoo Dancers performing

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