Garma Festival, the Top End’s biggest celebration of Aboriginal culture is being held in North East Arnhem Land this weekend.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said he was delighted and honoured to be attending the Festival.
“It’s great to be home in the Northern Territory for our biggest celebration of Yolngu culture,” Minister Scullion said.
“The festival is such an important place to showcase Aboriginal visual arts, music, dancing, and storytelling.
“It is also a great opportunity for local people to receive training in areas such as tourism, governance and leadership.
“I wish everyone attending, an enjoyable Festival, and look forward to speaking with people over the weekend.”
Minister Scullion also said the Australian Government had supported the Garma Festival by approving five grants totalling $810,000 from the Aboriginals Benefit Account.
“This funding will support the Yothu Yindi Foundation Aboriginal Corporation to deliver a successful festival this year,” Minister Scullion said.
“The ABA funding will help the Yothu Yindi Foundation Aboriginal Corporation to meet the costs of running the festival, catering, staging the renowned Bunggul dancers, and facilitating the leadership programme and youth forum.”
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2014-08-01 pre Garma media release.pdf