The Garma Festival

Garma Festival

Why the Garma Festival is so important to indigenous culture today

Garma Festival brings together business leaders, international political leaders, intellectuals, academics and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing Australia.

YYF is committed to improving the state of Indigenous disadvantage by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

Garma incorporates visual art, ancient storytelling, dance – including the famous nightly bunggul – and music, as well as other important forums and education and training programs relevant to cultural tourism, craft, governance and youth leadership.

At the Garma Key Forum, unlike almost anywhere else, you have the chance to hear the voice, the views and the passion of Indigenous people without a barrier, or an overlay.

Garma Festival Features include:

The Key Forum

The Garma Youth Forum

Evening Bunggul Dance


Musical Performances

Indigenous Film Program

Gapan Gallery

Exhibition Stalls

Fireside chats, poetry recitals, tai chi, early morning exercises, team sports, the Garma library, painting demonstrations, creative writing workshops and strategically located interactive platforms which draw guests closer to the Garma experience.

The first Garma was held in 1999. I has been ever since hosted, coordinated and programed in its entirety by the Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF), a not-for-profit Aboriginal corporation with tax deductibility gift recipient status.

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Issues facing the Australian Indigenous communities discussed at Garma:

Better roads



Aboriginal businesses and ventures

Garma welcomes into the festival fold many old and new friends, helping us deliver programming elements over the course of four days. The organisers continue to invite expressions of interest in next year’s event. If you can see some natural alignment or if you plan to work in this region, Garma is a fantastic opportunity to forge strong networks & bonds of alliance. The organisers are always scouting for new programs and presentations, keynote speakers, expo holders, musical artists, performing arts, volunteers and educational programs. They would love to hear from you.

All expressions of interest can be emailed to or send it to the attention of Denise Bowden, Director of Garma:

Yothu Yindi Foundation PO Box 42119 Casuarina NT 0810

This includes Expo Sites, Corporate bookings, Schools registering for the Youth Forum, Gapan Gallery Exhibitioners, Expressions of Interest for Key Forum speakers, Music artists, educational programs.

Volunteering for Garma

Volunteer applications open every year, all applicants need to be available to stay for the entirety of the bump in and out of the site and during the festival days approx 13 -14 days duration.

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