4 - 7 August 2017

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Each August, the Yidaki call announces the start of Garma, the largest and most vibrant annual celebration of Yolngu culture.

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The ancient sound of the Yidaki (didjeridu) is a call to all people to come together in unity; to gather for the sharing of knowledge and culture; to learn from and listen to one another. Each August, the Yidaki call announces the start of Garma, the largest and most vibrant annual celebration of Yolngu (Aboriginal people of north-east Arnhem Land) culture.

It is heard at Gulkula, near Nhulunbuy in north-east Arnhem Land, as about 2,000 Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians and international visitors gather for the annual Garma Festival. Garma is a Yolngu word that describes a 'two-way learning process". Yolngu culture is one of the oldest living cultures on earth, stretching back over 40,000 years, and the Garma Festival is a celebration of that Yolngu cultural inheritance.

Event date:
4 - 7 August 2017
Event type:
  • Classes, Lessons and Workshops
  • Festivals and Celebrations
Entry cost:
Student tickets $1056