Malandarri Festival

Friday 18 – Saturday 19 June 2021, Borroloola Showgrounds

The 2021 Malandarri Festival will celebrate traditional and contemporary dance and music brought to you by the four clan groups living in Borroloola, the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Gurdanji and Mara peoples.

Festival-goers will be able to enjoy dancing from Garrwa (Blind Mermaid Dancers), Mara and Wandangula, and a new dance choreographed by Ghenoa Gela performed by the Borroloola School. This year’s music line-up will include the energising sounds of the Sandridge Band and Malandarri Band and also include a solo by Barnabas Timothy. There will be children’s performances and singing by early childhood and primary.

The Festival will also host a pop-up exhibition showcasing local artists. There will be family fun activities and a reading space to share quiet time for parents and carers with babies and toddlers.

The Malandarri Festival is a family friendly, drug and alcohol free event. Entry each day is by gold coin donation and children under 16 are free. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the food available to purchase from the market stalls. There will also be a water station to fill up your drink bottles. Gates open at 5pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday. Parking is available outside the showgrounds.

The 2021 Malandarri Festival has a COVID-safe plan in place and is a community only event.


A focus for Borroloola is the development of opportunities within the arts and cultural sector for local artists and arts workers and the delivery of the annual Malandarri Festival. The Malandarri Festival Director and Cultural Events Officer, Marlene Timothy, a senior Yanyuwa/Garrwa woman leads the Indigenous Traditional Dance Program community engagement in Borroloola and Robinson River, ensuring the Festival and related activity is community-driven.

The Malandarri Festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary arts and cultural practices from Borroloola clan groups, the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Gurdanji and Mara peoples. The festival, formerly known as DanceSite, is part of a range of ongoing artistic and professional development opportunities offered throughout the year based in Borroloola and the wider Gulf of Carpentaria region.


Marlene Timothy

Malandarri Festival Director and Cultural Events Officer

Waralungku Art Centre
Robinson Road, Borroloola NT 0854