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Mataranka Never Never Festival

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Feel the magic of the Never Never over a weekend of fun activities, including a campfire dinner and music workshops, plus the local thermal pools.

Embracing & Celebrating the diversity of the Never Never
Mataranka Never Never Festival, Fri 18th to Sun 27th May 2018

Mataranka will come alive on May 18-27 as the Never Never Festival returns to the region for 10 days of fun. The Never Never Festival embraces and celebrates the diversity of the Never Never and is a tribute to Jeannie Gunn's famous 1908 novel "We of the Never Never" which was responsible for putting Mataranka on the international stage. The family friendly festival will be full of culture, music, food, art, dance and sport.
With a stellar cast including renowned Territorian Ted Eagan, (Fri night 18th May for “Back to the Never Never Theme Night”); multiple world record holder whip cracking extraordinaire and Mataranka local, Nathan Griggs; and double Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain (Sat night 26th May).
Cricket and netball fun is followed by RODEO action on Sat 19th. A good time next morning at the Mataranka Markets Sun 20th – food, craft, produce, music, jumping castle, whip cracking and more. During the week stop and enjoy the countless attractions Mataranka has to offer before immersing yourself in a weekend of horse sports – campdrafting at its finest.

  • Information

    Event date

    18 – 27 May 2018

    Event type

    • Classes Lessons Workshops and Talks
    • Community Event
    • Concert or Performance
    • Festivals and Celebrations
    • Markets
    • Sporting Events

    Entry cost

    Free entry

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