Tjungu Indigenous Cultural Festival returns to Ayers Rock Resort

Indigenous culture celebrated for the fifth consecutive year

The celebration of Australian Indigenous culture features music, dance, film, fashion, food and sport will include a special focus on Indigenous art and a performance by Australian country music favourite Troy Cassar-Daley.

“Tjungu (pronounced tjoo-ngoo) means coming together in local Anangu language, and the festival brings together the best of traditional and contemporary Indigenous culture, providing a platform for exciting new performers, designers and producers,” said Andrew Williams, chief executive officer of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.

“This year we are pleased to introduce a new art initiative which will shine a spotlight on prominent and emerging Central Australian artists.”

Highlights of the four day festival include an Indigenous Fashion Parade featuring top Indigenous model Samantha Harris, and celebrity chef Mark Olive will return to present the “Tastes of Tjungu Desert Dining Experience” under the stars, featuring a contemporary bush foods-inspired menu.

Troy Cassar-Daley and Alice Skye will give a special performance during the festival.

Troy Cassar-Daley and rising young star Alice Skye will also give a special performance. New for 2018 is the Tjungu Collective, an exhibition featuring art works from Central Australian Art Centres, and Tjungu Curates.

The annual Tjungu Cup, including softball and AFL matches featuring local football teams, will play, supported by AFL hero and Indigenous rights ambassador Nicky Winmar.

“Ayers Rock Resort is renowned for offering exceptional Indigenous tourism experiences for guests and the Tjungu Festival takes this to an even higher level,” said Williams.

The majority of the Tjungu Festival  are free to guests staying at Ayers Rock Resort.