Indigenous Traditional Dance Program

Yanyuwa dancers performing, Malandarri Festival, 2018. Photographer: Benjamin Warlngundu Bayliss

About

The Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP) was established to support the Northern Territory’s artistic and cultural practices through inter-generational learning, the strengthening of relationships between Elders and young people and encouraging cultural leadership. For over a decade this arts and cultural community development initiative has been delivered in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Borroloola and Numbulwar.

The aims of ITDP are to:

  • assist in the coordination of an annual festival event that celebrates the diversity of traditional Indigenous dance in the Northern Territory, providing an exciting cross-cultural platform for audience and performance development
  • deliver remote community support that facilitates opportunities for arts and cultural performance and skills development within the region through a series of projects, rehearsals, workshops and events each year
  • provide local, national and international performance opportunities where appropriate for the hosting community to establish business and professional development pathways

ITDP currently facilitates simultaneous engagement with the remote Northern Territory communities of Borroloola and Numbulwar, including the delivery of the Malandarri Festival and Numburindi Festival.

2019 FESTIVAL DATES

Malandarri Festival, Borroloola, Friday 14 – Saturday 15 June

Numburindi Festival, Numbulwar, Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 September