Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures

Garma 2020 EXPO

Garma has become Australia’s Indigenous equivalent of the World Economic Forum held annually at Davos in Switzerland.  Garma attracts an exclusive gathering of 2,500 political and business leaders from across the globe. The Yothu Yindi Foundation is committed to improving the state of Indigenous disadvantage by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

Garma is the platform for Australia’s own Davos because, whereas at other Aboriginal conferences you will learn about Indigenous rights and culture. At Garma you will learn about the challenges and the steps that need to be taken to ensure that there are economic opportunities for Aboriginal people, and at the same time, Garma attempts to strengthen our cultural genius through the preservation and maintenance of a culture that is over 50,000 years old. 

The Garma gathering brings together business leaders, international political leaders, intellectuals, academics and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing Australia.

Annually the Yidaki (didjeridoo) announces the start of Garma, the largest and most vibrant annual celebration of Yolngu (Aboriginal people of north east Arnhem Land) culture. The ancient sound of the Yidaki (didjeridoo) is a call to all people to come together in unity; to gather for the sharing of knowledge and culture; to learn from and listen to one another. 

Garma incorporates visual art, ancient storytelling, dance – including the famous nightly bunggul and music, forums and education and training programs relevant to cultural tourism, craft, governance and youth leadership.

It aims:

  • To provide contemporary environments and programs for the practice, preservation, maintenance and presentation of traditional knowledge systems and cultural traditions and practices, especially bunggul (traditional dance), Manikay (song), Miny' tji (art) and ceremony.
  • To share knowledge and culture, thereby fostering greater understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
  • To develop economic opportunities for Yolngu through education, training, employment, enterprise and remote Indigenous community development.

Garma is hosted, coordinated and programmed by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, a not-for-profit Aboriginal corporation. 

All Garma registrations and revenues are directed into projects to support the Foundation and the Arnhem region.

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Book Tickets


Ticket Prices

Ticket Type Price
Exhibition Stall without Electricity - Community/Not For Profit Organisations
Extra Info
$3,603.00
Exhibition Stall with Electricity - Community/Not For Profit Organisations
Extra Info
$3,933.60
Exhibition Stall without Electricity - Industry & Government Organisations
Extra Info
$4,703.00
Exhibition Stall with Electricity - Industry & Government Organisations
Extra Info
$5,253.60
Exhibition Furniture - Walls (Shadecloth)
$88.00
Exhibition Furniture - Table
$77.00
Exhibition Furniture - Plastic Chairs
$5.50

Dates & Times

Date Times
Friday 31 July 8:01am - 11:00pm
Saturday 1 August 8:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 2 August 8:00am - 11:00pm
Monday 3 August 8:00am - 11:00pm

The Venue

Gulkula, Gove


Address

East Arnhem
NT 0822
Australia

Set in a stringybark forest with views to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Gulkula is where the ancestor Ganbulabula brought the yidaki (didjeridu) into being among the Gumatj people.

 Set in a stringybark forest with views to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Gulkula is where the ancestor Ganbulabula brought the yidaki (didjeridu) into being among the Gumatj people.

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Friday 31 July - Monday 3 August 2020

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