About Stone Country
The people and of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), West Arnhem Land, invite you to the 2012 Stone Country Festival. Each year the community of Gunbalanya through its traditional Aboriginal owners, welcomes visitors to spend a day and night in their community and share the culture, art and music of the Kunwinjku people and the beautiful Stone Country. So why not Jump the River have some fun and a day of music, sports, family, cultural activities and food and just hanging out with the people of the Stone Country.
In addition to this year’s exciting live music program, the Stone Country Festival continues to run it’s full day program of sporting events, competitions and youth engagement activities. The ‘BIM Story’ tent continues along with the much celebrated ‘Kunborrk’ event (cultural performance) lead by the local Karrbarda (yam) dancers. A textile forum will provide an engaging program for the benefit of the textile artists of Injalak Arts and of visiting Aboriginal art centers across the Territory.
The festival program also features Injalak Hill tours, art clearance sales, painting and weaving workshops, bush foods, a spear throwing competition, children’s activities, sports carnival and scenic helicopter flights. The day will finish with a night of revival of some of the old Stone Country bands of the past.
The usual permit required to enter Arnhem Land is waived for the festival and visitors are invited to camp overnight. The community of Gunbalanya is approximately 300Kms from Darwin and can be reached via the Arnhem Highway and the Kakadu National Park. Check the tide times before crossing the East Alligator river at Cahills Crossing. The festival entrance fee is $10 per adult and $5 for kids. The festival is strictly an alcohol free event.
Non powered camping is available Saturday night, if you bring your own camping gear.
Food stalls will run all day and the local store will be open till 5pm on Sat and open 10am Sunday. All non-permit holding guests are asked to depart the community by lunch time on Sunday.
**NT election polling facilities available in Gunbalanya all day
This is an alcohol free event. It is illegal to bring alcohol into the community. Unleaded fuel is also prohibited. Opal and diesel cars only. For tide times (Cahills Crossing, East Alligator River) visit http://tides.willyweather.com.au/nt/kakadu/east-alligator-river–cahills-crossing.html
For more information please visit the Injalak Arts website, http://www.injalak.com
phone (08) 8979 0190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“ Kuwardehwarde ngurrimray kamak rowk !!!”