Numburindi Festival, Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 September, 2021 at Joshua Park, Numbulwar.

Language, dance and song will be celebrated at this year’s Numburindi Festival with performances from Numbulwar clan groups: Ngalmi, Nundhirribala, Murrungun, Nunggarragalu and Mangurra along with broader family networks living in the Roper Gulf Region. Festival goers will be able to enjoy performances from the visiting musicians and dancers of Bickerton Island, Groote Eylandt, Ngukurr, Gunbalanya and Borroloola.

The Festival will open on Thursday evening with a young peoples’ Wungubul followed by Numbulwar School’s junior and senior choirs and school band. On Saturday there will be family fun activities such as a basketball competition and there will be an awards ceremony for the best young dancers from each clan group at Thursday’s Wungubul. A community marketplace will operate with a bush tucker feed. Friday and Saturday evenings will be electric with a full Wungubul and music.

The Numburindi Festival is a family friendly, drug and alcohol free event. The Festival is a closed community event. Any visitors travelling to Numbulwar are required to apply for a permit through the Northern Land Council. Gates open at 5pm on the Thursday and Friday and 3pm on the Saturday. Entry is free.


Numbulwar has been involved with the Indigenous Traditional Dance program since 2016 with the delivery of the inaugural Numburindi Festival. The relationship between Artback NT and the Numbulwar community has continued to strengthen and grow.

The Numburindi Festival is a unique community-driven event that highlights the diversity of language, dance and song from clan groups living in Numbulwar, the Ngalmi, Nundhirribala, Murrungun, Nunggarragalu and Mangurra Peoples’. Festival activity is particularly focused on inter-generational exchange and mentorship, with one performance evening dedicated to Numbulwar’s young people.

It’s important to have this festival to help teach our kids dancing and cultural and for the old people to remember.

Russell Numamurdirdi

Numburindi Festival Artistic Director Grant Nundhirribala ensures programming resonates with the community and directly supports the continuity of Numbulwar’s cultural practices. The outcomes of Numburindi Festival are supported throughout the year with ongoing workshops, language projects and the Numburindi Culture Camps.


Laura Shipp

Arts and Cultural Program Coordinator

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

61 421 744 269