Monday, 28 March 2016

AUSTRALIA'S ABORIGINAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

Gunbalanya Festival, NT


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Darwin, Northern Territory
August - October

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award was initiated by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in 1984. Today it offers the highest prize money for any art award in Australia. The award attracts a broad range of artistic talent from around the country presenting a diversity of styles, with more than 150 works on exhibition. It is a showcase for both established and emerging artists and has come to be regarded as one of the premier national events in the Australian Indigenous art calendar.

Garma Festival
Gukula, Northern Territory
August

The Northern Territory's Yolngu culture is celebrated in this three day event that has earned a strong following Australia wide. The annual festival traditionally opens with a Yidaki (didjeridu) performance and is then followed by the festival events of visual art exhibitions, ancient storytelling, dance, music, forums, education and training programs. The Garma Festival is particularly known for its connection between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through its display of cultural practice and cross cultural learning.

Desert Mob
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
September

The Desert Mob Symposium is an exploration of Aboriginal artists, their art and their Art Centres. The program is the only forum of its kind and provides a window to the Aboriginal Art Centre world. Aboriginal artists from Desart member Art Centres together with interstate guests perform a program of stories, song, images, film and dance about culture, country and art. The Desert Mob MarketPlace is a large indoor-outdoor market with stalls selling affordable Aboriginal art, crafts and products including wood carvings, bush medicine and weavings and refreshments.

Corroboree Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales
November

Held in November, Corroboree Sydney is an annual Sydney festival that combines leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians as they showcase their unique talents and flair. There will be visual arts, literature and performing arts as well as artist workshops over the eleven day event. The event was held for the first time in 2013.
*Culled from www.australia.com.

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