Working with the local community, the Uluru Festival was established by a number of Anangu – local, Aboriginal residents at Uluru – who wanted to be able to share and celebrate their culture each year with a national and international audience.

“We need a Festival here at Uluru to show the continuing strength of desert culture – our culture, Anangu culture!” 

Sammy Wilson – First Nations elder, former chair of the Central Land Council and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management – first proposed the creation of an Uluru Festival at the October 2019 celebrations of the Handback of Uluru to Aboriginal people.