Paanja Festival

Paanja Festival

In the pristine top end town of Mapoon, The Paanja Festival was held in September 2018.  This wonderful festival was proudly sponsored by Black & More and supported by Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council.

Over four days, more than 3000 festival goers rocked out to local and national bands at the 55th anniversary which includes; Artists displays and demonstrations, Performing Arts & Cultural displays, Traditional food and a range of sports and recreational activities.

The festival commemorates the forced removal of Indigenous people from Mapoon in 1963, and currently sits right up there amongst the best events in the Cape York peninsula area, along with Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival and Cooktown Discovery Festival.

Paanja Festival 2023 aims to be even bigger and better, visit for more information.