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Mayali Mulil Festival attracts people from far and wide

12 September 2018

Locals and visitors from far and wide travelled to Murumburr Umbukarla country from 6 - 8 September for the third annual 2018 Mayali Mulil Festival in Kakadu.  
The great crowd of festival-goers enjoyed three huge days of Indigenous music, traditional dance, bush tucker and cultural workshops. 
There was also plenty of family and community activities including bush walks, guided fishing, language, story time, bush tucker, weaving, string making, clap sticks and screen-printing, as well as plucka goose cook off, spear throwing and bush mob games.
The live concert series featured a number of artists including Shellie Morris, Black Rock Band and Ali Mills, while, the traditional dancers included White Cockatoo Dancers and Torres Strait Dancers.
The dates for next year’s festival have already been set for September 6 to 8, 2019.
Mayali is an Aboriginal language group from the Kakadu West Arnhem plateau region and Mulil is a gathering of people. 
The idea came about 10 years ago with the Murdudjurl Community family, who wanted to bring people together on country to share and connect with the diversity of Aboriginal cultures. The festival is hosted by Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp, a local Aboriginal family-owned and run cultural tourism business promoting cultural and ecotourism beside the Jim Jim River system.