Numbulwar’s engagement with our Indigenous Traditional Dance program began in 2016 with the delivery of the inaugural Numburindi Festival. Since then our relationships with the community have continued to strengthen and grow.

Numburindi Festival is a unique community-driven event which celebrates traditional and contemporary arts and cultural practices from the four clan groups in Numbulwar: Ngalmi, Nundhirribala, Murrungun and Nunggarragalu. Held over three nights, Numburindi Festival includes traditional Wungubul performance, award ceremonies, visiting dance groups, arts activities, market stalls and a band night. Festival activity is particularly focused on inter-generational exchange and mentorship – with one performance evening centring on 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

In Numbulwar, we are lucky to employ the diverse skill sets of our Festival Director Ella Geia and Artistic Director Grant Nundhirribala. Their direction 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.


Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 September


Eve Pawlik

Project Coordinator

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

08 8941 1444