From 22-25 April 2016, Ayers Rock Resort is to play host to the third Tjungu Festival – a vibrant celebration of Australian Indigenous culture featuring music, dance, film, fashion, food, sport and more. Tjungu (pronounced tjoo-ngoo) means meeting together in local Anangu language.
“The culturally acclaimed Tjungu Festival has been a stand-out success since its launch in 2014 and this year’s event will build on previous years to showcase diverse elements of Indigenous culture, embracing its past, present and future. We are delighted to see some of our best-loved artists and ambassadors return this year by popular demand,” said Andrew Williams, Chief Executive Officer for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.
Highlights of the four day festival include an Indigenous Fashion Parade featuring Australia’s top Indigenous model Samantha Harris, and celebrity chef Mark Olive will return to present an exclusive “Tastes of Tjungu” dining experience under the stars with a contemporary bush foods-inspired menu and Master Class. A host of musicians are set to perform, including blues, soul and jazz singer Marcus Corowa; soul and country rock singer Johanna Campbell who will be launching her debut EP album exclusively at Tjungu, backed by the Wakalpengkung Band from Wadeye, and female drumming group, Drum Atweme.
The majority of the Tjungu Festival activities are free to guests staying at Ayers Rock Resort, with the exception of the Tastes of Tjungu Desert Dining Experience and Masterclass, priced at $250 per adult and $125 per child (over nine years), and the Tjungu Chillout Lounge, priced at $35 per adult and $17.50 per child (over nine years).
An Uluru Short Break package is available for accommodation during the Tjungu festival, starting from $231 per room, per night, for a minimum of three nights. This rate includes accommodation, full buffet breakfast daily, an Indigenous activities programme including guided garden walk and Indigenous story telling experience, and return airport transfers.