The Numburindi Festival, Joshua Park, Numbulwar

The remote Arnhem Land community of Numbulwar on the western coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria has been involved with Artback NT’s Indigenous Traditional Dance program since 2016 with the delivery of the inaugural Numburindi Festival.

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.


Laura Shipp

Arts and Cultural Program Coordinator

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

08 8941 1444