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Media Release 23 March 2011

Floods cause date change for historic Merrepen Arts & Sports FestivalThis year only, one of the Northern Territory’s best known cultural festivals will change its date from early June to early September.

The 2011 Merrepen Arts Festival will take place this year on 2nd, 3rd and 4th September. Held in the attractive Daly River community of Nauiyu, the festival features a special cultural performance each year and the famous Merrepen Art Sale and Auction.

The decision to postpone the festival until September this year was made by community members who are still working on clean up and repairs following the evacuation of the flooded community in February, and are concerned about the continued high level of the nearby Daly River.

According to Lizz Bott, Corporation Manager of Merrepen Arts Aboriginal Corporation, continued high water levels mean the community can’t be confident that they would be able to get everything into place for the festival by early June this year.

Merrepen Arts and Sports Festival is a major cultural event for the region. It features a full program of cultural events and a sporting carnival. Plentiful local accommodation and camping in the Daly Region means visitors can enjoy the whole weekend of activities which this year will include a major performance on the river bank on the evening of Saturday 3rd September by nationally known performers with NT Indigenous musicians, as well as the iconic Art Sale and Art Auction in the community on Sunday 4th September.

‘We will be encouraging visitors from interstate and abroad to stay in the Top End a few days after Darwin Festival and round off their trip with a visit to the beautiful Daly and our festival’ said Lizz Bott.

Further information and high res images of Merrepen Festival:

Lizz Bott, Merrepen Arts Aboriginal Corporation

PH: (08) 8978 2533
FAX: (08) 8978 2766
MB: 0458 287 204


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Daly River NT