Formerly known as DanceSite, Malandarri Festival is a special community-based event that celebrates both traditional and contemporary arts and cultural practices from the four clan groups living in Borroloola – the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Gurdanji and Mara people.

With more than five years of delivery, Malandarri Festival continues to be a leading remote community Festival in the Northern Territory and is particularly known for its strong multi-cultural representation. Previous guest performers have included Fijian, Maori, Samoan and Indian dance groups. Malandarri Festival Artistic Director Marlene Timothy leads all ITDP community engagement in Borroloola, ensuring the Festival and related activity is community driven.

The ITDP model developed for Malandarri Festival includes a wide range of artistic and cultural activities that take place throughout the year in both Borroloola and Robinson River. Through workshops in the lead up to the event, the community of Borroloola create each year’s unique and innovative Festival program.

The 2018 Malandarri Festival was held over Friday 15 – Saturday 16 June

Read the Malandarri Festival Artistic Report for details of the 2018 Festival performers and events! 

Stay tuned for 2019 details…

Malandarri Festival is an open community event that welcomes visitors. While there is no camping onsite at the Festival, there are several accommodation options available in Borroloola that range from camping to cabins: McArthur River Caravan ParkSavannah Way Hotel and Borroloola Hotel Motel.

Borroloola is located approximately 1000 kilometres south east of Darwin and can be accessed by car or plane. AirNorth flights arrive into McArthur River, with the airport located 80 kilometres from Borroloola. Arrangements can be made with Savannah Way Motel for transport to and from the airport.

Malandarri Festival is a drug and alcohol free event held at the Borroloola Show Grounds, Borroloola, NT. Entry is by gold coin donation at the gate. Children under 16 are free


Marlene Timothy

Malandarri Festival Director and Cultural Events Officer

Waralungku Art Centre
Robinson Road, Borroloola NT 0854