FREEDOM DAY FESTIVAL

Music, Culture, Sport, Talks, Tours & more

August 26-28

The Gurindji people invite you into the heart of the Northern Territory to experience Freedom Day Festival 2022.

Make the pilgrimage  to Gurindji Country for an incredible three days of celebrating and commemorating the legendary Wave Hill Walk-off and the birth of Land Rights.

Freedom Day is an eight-hour drive from Darwin (via Katherine) on all sealed roads. This is a bush camping event and we encourage visitors to simply pay what they can to attend.

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Festival Entry

Freedom Day is a free entry, free bush-camping event. However, we strongly encourage visitors to register and to contribute what they can afford to attend. Please support our non-profit, community-run event.

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Rent a Tent

If free bush camping isn’t your thing, stay in style! Let us set up a fancy Earth Tent for you (ready to go with mattress & sleeping bag). Only 100 available. Total cost includes four nights (Aug 25, 26, 27, 28).

Rent a Tent (Single)

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$330.00

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Rent a Tent (Double)

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$390.00

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Rent a Tent (Family)

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$450.00

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Get Involved

There are many ways to take part in the Gurindji Freedom Day Festival, including sponsoring, donating, volunteering, performing, having a stall and playing sport. We encourage people to roll up their sleeves and help make our event a success.

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Our story

The Gurindji story is widely known for the legendary Wave Hill Walk-off in the 1960s and 1970s. Lead by Vincent Lingiari, some 200 people bravely walked away from the awful conditions they had endured working on Lord Vestey’s cattle station. What began as a fight for better wages, soon became a bigger battle to rightfully take back their land.

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"How do you explain an experience that can only, truly, be experienced? The answer is there are no words that can do it justice. You need to see and experience it first-hand to understand it. And immersing yourself in and understanding the powerful story of Vincent Lingiari and the birth of Aboriginal land rights should be of critical importance to all Australians.A trip to Kalkarindji alone is one of the most incredible things I have done, pair that with also attending Freedom Day Festival, and it's an absolutely life-changing few days."
Matt Farrow
"Freedom Day Festival is what makes this country great. It is an inspiration and an affirmation. Featuring many of Indigenous Australia's most infamous Bush Bands! It is a place to honour the blood, sweat and tears of our forefathers and to celebrate the future. As Jimmy WaveHill said, "we can be proud of each other""
Archer
"My family have made it an annual pilgrimage to travel to beautiful Gurindji Country for the Freedom Day Festival. Celebrating the wonderful courage and tenacity of the Gurindji people, and the solidarity that Australians demonstrated when they learnt of the slavery they were protesting against, will give you a new sense of pride in who we are as a nation."
Thomas Mayor
“Freedom Day is very special to me as it represents the power of resilience and self-determination. Gurindji people and their land hold a beautiful energy, and the festival has imprinted joyous memories on me that I will never forget.”
N’fa Jones
“It was a really great privilege to be invited to the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Day Walk-off on Gurindji Country… I felt right at ease once I got off the bus and was greeted by an Elder. Au Essau (big thanks) to all persons involved in making the festival a great experience.”
Celuia Mabo