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Mahbilil Festival fever sweeps over Jabiru

09 August 2018

It’s that time of year again. It’s Kurrung season in Kakadu; the days are warm, but the nights are cool, the Magpie Geese are on the move and the late afternoon breeze brings with it music, arts and the smell of bushfoods cooking on the coals. It’s time for Mahbilil Festival in Jabiru.
Held on Saturday 1st September, the annual festival returns to celebrate Kakadu culture, both traditional and contemporary. 
Running from midday to midnight, Mahbilil is a family friendly event crammed with activities, workshops for kids, displays, Indigenous art exhibitions and demonstrations of weaving, painting and other crafts.
Local showcasing includes the art from across Arnhem Land, and performances from local traditional dance groups. 
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. Workshops will include traditional arts and craft such as spear-making, grass weaving and local storytelling. 
With lots of activities and entertainment aimed at young kids, youth and the older folks, there really is something for everyone. And there is plenty more on offer to make this a Mahbilous day out!
Jabiru is the gateway to Kakadu, and also to Arnhem Land. 
It’s a unique cross-cultural crossroads and a great location for a festival. 
Kakadu is one of the few places in the world that has World Heritage status for both Cultural AND Natural values. 
Why not come out for a few days and include Mahbilil in your trip to this beautiful part of the world?
There will be an incredible selection of bands from across the Top End with hand-picked acts from Darwin and around the country. 
Expect anything from folk through to roots and blues and even some rocking reggae and hip hop. 

More details on the program to come soon, but bands announced so far:
• Black Rock band
• Bobby Alu
• Stevie Jean
• Phoebe Jacobs