TV host Justine Clarke will sing local songs in Kriol at Barunga festival, Katherine

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Actor, singer, TV host and ILF ambassador Justine Clarke will sing local songs in Kriol for the 31st annual Barunga festival in the Katherine region.

She joins artists B2M, Lonely Boys, Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Serina Pech, Caiti Baker and Eleanor Dixon at the community festival that brings together music, dance, art and the sporting culture of the Katherine region.

Earlier this year, Justine visited Barunga to find the songs that resonated with the teachers and students at the local school.

“The festival is very family-focused,” she said. “I am singing songs but also including some kriol songs that kids sing at Barunga school. I’m secretly crossing my fingers they will get up on stage with me.”

Justine will sing local songs Kriol kriol, Debul debul, Insaid La Modiga, and Enimul Song as part of her morning sessions.

The program includes weaving workshops, bush tucker, bush medicine workshops, AFL carnivals, netball, and basketball and softball carnivals.

Justine Clarke recently spoke at the 92nd Australian Booksellers Association Conference in Canberra on behalf of the ILF, where she thanked booksellers for their contribution to the Foundation.

The ILF has been servicing communities in the Katherine region for a number of years. In 2015, the students of Manyallaluk, a small community located about 100 km south-east of Katherine, worked on a Community Literacy Project with the ILF.

The book, Mystery at Manyallaluk, was launched during Reconciliation Week 2015, and is available for purchase here


  • Posted 07 June, 2016