The Coalition Government will provide $22.8 million to support a range of projects across the country that will strengthen Indigenous language and showcase traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural and artistic expression.
Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said that of this investment, more than $5 million would support a range of Indigenous language and arts projects across the NT.
“The Government recognises that language and art are essential to the wellbeing and identity of our First Australians and play an important role in ensuring the vitality and strength of communities,” Senator Scullion said.
Projects in the Northern Territory supported by the Coalition’s investment include:
- Barkly Regional Arts’ Winanjjikari Music Media Project ($1.75 million to develop local music);
- Buku‐Larrnggay Mulka Incorporated’s Mulka Project ($1.4 million to protect Yolngu cultural knowledge by repatriating audio‐visual cultural‐resources).
“The projects supported in the Northern Territory will help to strengthen cultural identity and bridge the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister Fifield said the $22.8 million investment was provided through the Indigenous Languages and Arts programme, which supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to keep their cultural identity strong by funding arts and languages organisations and projects.
“These projects will contribute to a vibrant and diverse Indigenous cultural landscape where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are empowered to maintain, celebrate and promote their arts and languages,” Minister Fifield said.
More information about the programme and organisations funded is available at www.arts.gov.au.