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Garma Festival

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

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.

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    Event date

    3 – 6 August 2018

    Event type

    • Classes Lessons Workshops and Talks
    • Festivals and Celebrations

    Entry cost

    Student tickets from $1056

    Facilities

    • Cafe
    • Carpark
    • Public Toilet

    Activities

    • Camping
    • Walk
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