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Jabiru Mahbilil Festival

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The late afternoon breeze brings with it music, arts and the smell of bush foods cooking on the coals…’s time for Mahbilil Festival in Jabiru.

The annual festival returns to celebrate Kakadu culture, both traditional and contemporary. Running from midday to midnight, on Saturday, August 26, Mahbilil is a family friendly event crammed with activities, workshops for kids, displays, Indigenous art exhibitions & demonstrations of weaving, painting and other crafts. The Festival includes art from across Arnhem Land, and performances from local traditional dance groups, including the Jabiru Bininj Gunborrk dancers.
Bushfood features prominently with large earth ovens cooking Buffalo, Barramundi and the speciality of the region, Magpie Goose. Join in the fun with competitions that include spear throwing and magpie goose cooking. With lots of activities and entertainment aimed at young kids, youth and the older folks, there really is something for everyone.
At sunset the festival will transform with an evening program of projections, light-shows, music and dance till late. The music is diverse and will include funky bands such as Oka, Tijuana Cartel and Black Rock Band.