Northern Territory celebrates Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders arts and culture

Published on : Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tourism-NTA three-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders arts and culture kicked off tonight (May 22) at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.



Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said the Garrmalang Festival showcased music, dance and culture from Top End Indigenous artists and the Northern Territory Government was proud to support the event.



“The festival is a great way to celebrate Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander talent and also provides a platform for local performers to develop their art,” Mr Giles said.



“More than 4000 people attended the inaugural festival last year and we’re hoping numbers will be even higher this year with the chance to see performances by some of the most exciting Indigenous talent in the country, including Djuku Mala (The Chooky Dancers).”



Djuku Mala’s dances also include video highlighting some of the challenges facing the Indigenous community such as the high rates of youth suicide and displacement from family and country.



“The Garrmalang Festival is the inspiration of local man Ben Graetz,” Arts Minister Gary Higgins said.



“A NIDA trained actor and director, Ben has done a wonderful job with the Festival and I congratulate him and all the organisers for pulling together yet another fantastic occasion for Territorians and visitors.”



“The Northern Territory is pleased to be able to provide $50,000 funding to support the Garrmalang Festival as part of our FestivalsNT and calendar of cultural and sporting events,” Mr Giles said.



The festival runs from Friday 22 May until Sunday 24 May.





Source:- NT Government

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