Malandarri Festival 2019
Friday 14 June – Saturday 15 June 2019
Borroloola Showgrounds

2019 celebrates language and dance on Yanyuwa country at this year’s Malandarri Festival

Enjoy the festivities and immerse yourself in the amazing Indigenous culture brought to you from the four clan groups living in Borroloola. Known for its strong multi-cultural representation, the Malandarri Festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary arts and cultural practices.

This year’s line-up includes performances from Borroloola clan groups Yanyuwa (Ngardiji Dancers), Garrwa (Wandangula and Blind Mermaid Dancers) and Mara Dancers, The White Cockatoo Performing Group, Polynesian dance group, Nuholani, Sandridge Band, Malandarri Band and the Barkly Drifters who fuse country blues and rock. Festival goers will be able to see a pop-up exhibition with works by local artists produced in a workshop under the guidance of photographer Benjamin Warlngundu Bayliss. 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 and includes a stall showcasing 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 14 June and 2pm on Saturday 15 June.

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,  Savannah Way Hotel and Borroloola Hotel 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.

Media Release – 2019 Malandarri Festival celebrates language and dance


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 ITDP 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 the four clan groups living in Borroloola, 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