[by Nick Price]
Barunga Festival & Katherine Junk Festival to postpone until early September 2020
Celebrations that traditionally draw thousands of visitors to the Katherine region in the dry season will instead encourage them to visit in September, with two popular events rescheduled as a precautionary measure over COVID-19 concerns.
Katherine Junk Festival, a multi-disciplinary extravaganza of sustainable arts, fashion, collaborative works, food and music in Katherine, will be rescheduled until September 5 2020. We look forward to coming together then to celebrate our pride in this community and seeing your crazy junk sculptures and junk fashion. Please continue to look after each other during this time of uncertainty.
Barunga Festival, in its 35th year will now be held on the 11th-13th September 2020. The three-day music, sports and culture festival was scheduled to run from 5-7 June. This year’s theme is ‘Family’, highlighting the nature and feel of the festival. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we band together to support the arts and remote communities wherever possible.
We hope that postponing the festival continues to keep our remote communities safe, while still providing an opportunity for everyone to come together once everything is more controlled. Skinnyfish Music and Katherine Regional Arts are looking forward to hosting you in September.
Program and further updates to be released later.
Refunds for Barunga Festival are available for current ticket holders via Moshtix.
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