Fri 30th Jul, 2021

Garma Festival

Fri 30th Jul, 2021 - Mon 02nd Aug, 2021
08:00 am - 11:59 pm

Garma is a celebration of the cultural, artistic and ceremonial traditions of the Yolngu people. Each year 2,500 guests from across the nation are immersed in the rich cultural traditions of their Yolngu hosts, experiencing miny'tji (art), manikay (song), bunggul (dance) and ancient story-telling, as we pride ourselves in showcasing the treasures of the mighty Yolngu clans.

Over four days guests camp at Gulkula, a significant ceremonial ground, remotely located 40 kilometres on an unsealed red dirt road, from Nhulunbuy in northeast Arnhem Land.

Since 1999, the Yothu Yindi Foundation has staged the annual Garma Festival, which has evolved from a small community gathering to what now is widely considered Australia's leading Indigenous-led cultural exchange event and premier forum for discussion of Indigenous affairs.

Garma has the remarkable ability to transcend colour, creed, race, and many of our supporters recognise how remarkable this unique ingredient is to shape our nation’s future. Our programming will explore difficult conversations in order to find solutions to better manage a brighter future for our nation. You will not be disappointed with the dialogue; you’re guaranteed to finish your day with a new perspective or often some feel inspired by keynote addresses and motivational speakers.

This is where the melting pot of Australia’s Indigenous leaders gather and build momentum from within the Indigenous space unlike any other - completely determined by Indigenous people themselves.

Garma proves that Indigenous Australia is vibrant, where we lead by example & use the powerful Garma platform to share with you some of the complexities that are often fraught inside communities across this nation.