The inaugural Yirrkala Morning Star Music and Dance Festival will be held in Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land tomorrow.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, was in North East Arnhem Land this week and said he was pleased to announce the Turnbull Coalition was supporting the festival with a one-off $100,000 grant to help organisers establish the event as a celebration of local music and dance.
“As NAIDOC Week events get under-way across the country, the Turnbull Coalition is pleased to support this festival which will provide an opportunity for those attending to celebrate and learn more about Indigenous music and dance, and the culture of our First Australians,” Minister Scullion said.
“The festival will help to showcase the Yirrkala community and provide employment benefits for the Indigenous Australians involved in running it.”
Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane, said that festivals like this provided a great opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate Indigenous culture.
“I wish all the residents of Yirrkala and surrounding communities, and those who have travelled further to attend this weekend’s festival a great day,” Ms MacFarlane said.
The Yirrkala Morning Star Music and Dance Festival is operated by Moonfish Productions Aboriginal Corporation.
The $100,000 grant has been provided from existing resources within the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.