Jabiru Mahbilil Festival

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  • 06 Sep 2016

  • Confirmed event

Become a connoisseur of the magpie goose and other bush foods while celebrating indigenous culture at the Mahbilil Festival in Kakadu's Lake Jabiru.

During daylight, it's a family event full of activities, workshops, rides, displays, Indigenous art and demonstrations of weaving, painting and more. Local showcasing includes the art and performance products from the Jabiru Youth Centre and Jabiru Area School.

Food features with large earth ovens, buffalo, barramundi and the region speciality of magpie goose. Join the fun with competitions, including spear throwing, didjeridoo blowing and kite-making.

At sunset the festival turns on a high art installation on the lake, followed by an evening program of screen arts, music and dance. Entertainment includes funky bands from Darwin and many Indigenous bands, such as West Arnhem Boss, The Bininj Band, Sunrize, David Dingala, Narbalek, Reggae Dave and Leah Flanagan. Dance such as Maori, Balinese, Congolese and modern ballet with a local flavour will be on show throughout the event. Screen arts and a spectacular fire show are some on the entertainment present.

Event date:

  • 06 September 2016 - 06 September 2016

Opening times:

  • 12 noon to 12 midnight

Event type:

  • Festivals and Celebrations
  • Leisure

Entry cost:

  • Free entry