2 February 2021

The 22nd annual Garma Festival will be a COVID-safe event with strict compliance measures in place to protect the health and safety of those on site, the Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF) said today.

Announcing the dates of Garma 2021, YYF CEO and Festival Director Denise Bowden said there would also be a cap on General Admission and Corporate ticket sales, to help limit the number of people travelling to Arnhem Land from interstate, and accommodate reduced capacity at Gulkula.

“The health and safety of our people and our communities is the number one priority as we plan for this year’s event,” Mrs Bowden said.

“YYF is preparing for every possible contingency, and we proceed with an abundance of caution while the pandemic threat remains.

“We’re consulting with the relevant authorities and agencies as we develop a comprehensive COVID- safe plan, and we look forward to sharing more details of that in the weeks ahead.”

This year’s Garma will take place from Friday 30 July – Monday 2 August, 2021, at Gulkula in northeast Arnhem Land. Ticket registrations will open on Wednesday, 10 February, through the Garma and YYF websites.

“Unfortunately, we have no choice but to limit the number of tickets available for General Admission and Corporate guests, as there will be reduced capacity on site to accommodate COVID compliance measures,” Mrs Bowden said.

“Strict caps will be in place on all ticket types except community passes, so that organisers can ensure the health and safety of all attendees.

“People who bought tickets last year and who opted to roll their registration over for Garma 2021 will have their tickets honoured this year.”

Mrs Bowden said YYF was also exploring ways of delivering parts of the event online for those who can’t attend in person.

“Nothing can quite match the magic of being on site at Gulkula, but providing a digital platform gives us the opportunity to bring even more people into the Garma conversation.”

A theme for this year’s event will be decided by the YYF Board soon.


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