Gurindji Freedom Day Festival
[by Kate Dinning]
Gurindji Freedom Day Festival. Image: Nicole Zicchino
After two years of cancellations, The Gurindji Freedom Day Festival is back for 2022 in a big way: with the return of Australian icon Paul Kelly.
Freedom Day is one of the most unique and remote festival experiences Australia has to offer.
Held on Gurindji country, the birthplace of Aboriginal Land Rights, Freedom Day Festival
commemorates the Wave Hill Walk-off - a pivotal moment in Australia’s history.
The story of the Wave Hill Walk-off, led by the Gurindji people, was forever immortalised when Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody wrote the much-loved song, From Little Things Big Things Grow.
"We're honoured and excited to have Paul Kelly performing this year," said Luke Wright, Festival Organiser at the Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation.
"There's a lot of love for Paul and his music. We can't wait to have him on the Freedom Day stage, under the stars, playing From Little Things, that legendary Gurindji anthem."
Also among the artists confirmed to perform will be one of Australia's most enduring Aboriginal bands Coloured Stone, Darwin born award winning hip hop artist J-Milla, Queensland Music award winning Gem Cassar Daley, and Emmy-winning American singer-songwriter Toni Childs, with plenty more announcements to come.
Freedom Day Festival is a non-profit community festival. Attendees can enjoy three-days of music, arts, culture, dance and sports, from the 26-28 August in Kalkaringi, NT.
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