Malandarri Festival

Friday 18 – Saturday 19 June 2021, Borroloola Showgrounds

Known for its strong multi-cultural representation, the Malandarri Festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary arts and cultural practices. Festival-goers will be able to immerse themselves in the amazing Indigenous culture brought to them by the four clan groups living in Borroloola.

Performances will include the Borroloola clan groups Yanyuwa (Ngardiji Dancers), Garrwa (Wandangula and Blind Mermaid Dancers) and Mara Dancers. The Festival will also host a pop-up exhibition showcasing local artists. There will be family fun activities such as a jumping castle, face painting, dance workshop and soccer and a reading space to share quiet time for parents and carers with babies and toddlers. A marketplace will operate with a stall focusing on the traditional bush food and medicine of the region.

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 food stalls on site. Gates open at 5.30pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday.

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 Park and Savannah Way Motel.

Borroloola is located approximately 1,000 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.


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