Following a sell-out success in its first year, the Tjungu Festival returns to Ayers Rock Resort from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April 2015. Tjungu, (pronounced tjoo-ngoo), means meeting together in local Anangu language and will celebrate the best of Australian Indigenous culture. There will be a lively timetable of events featuring everything from culture to film and art, from sport to music, food and fashion. Here are the festival itineraries.
The festival will kick off with a local Anangu welcome to country with Inma dance and the Tjungu Cup AFL match with special guests ex-Melbourne Football Club players, the legendary Russell Robertson and Anangu man Dom Barry.
The musical line-up this year includes performances throughout the weekend from Kristal West, popular performer from The Voice’s ZK, Dewayne Everttsmith who wrote and performed the song featured in Tourism Australia’s latest campaign, NAIDOC artist of the year Jacinta Price and Stewart Gaykamangu, whose song Lorruphu won the NT pop song of the year in 2013.
This year the festival will also feature an Indigenous Anzacs at War Exhibition that allows guests to uncover the individual and family stories of the service and sacrifice of the First Australians. Another new element will be a fascinating presentation by Professor Ray Norris, who will explain how Aboriginal people use the sun, moon and stars for practical and social purposes.
Download: 2015 Tjungu Festival Program Guide (PDF)