The Kimberley’s Mowanjum Festival confirms July return

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Mowanjum Art Centre - All photographs need to be credited to photographer Matt Scurfield. - Mowanjum Wanga Performance Festival 2011
Camera IconMowanjum Art Centre - All photographs need to be credited to photographer Matt Scurfield. - Mowanjum Wanga Performance Festival 2011 Credit: Matthew Scurfield

The biggest traditional Aboriginal corroboree in the State will return with a bang in July as thousands of years of history are again brought to life.

After missing last year due to the global pandemic, Mowanjum Festival organisers have worked tirelessly to ensure the spectacle will be back this year, set to take place on July 9 at the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre.

Visitors from throughout Australia embrace the annual festival, which brings together the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunambul tribes for a day of culture, arts and dance.

In the past, the event has been headlined by cultural performances from the local people, who were painted up from head to toe and wearing ceremonial dress, while popular boab carving, ochre, dance and weaving workshops were also held.

Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre manager Barry Hayes said the festival would coincide with the opening of the new cultural museum, the first of its kind in the State.

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