2021 dates locked in for Garma Festival

The Territory’s iconic Garma Festival will go ahead in 2021, with a range of COVID-19 measures to be implemented to ensure the safety of those in the remote community.

The event, which received funding through Northern Territory Major Events Company, will take place from Friday, 30 July to Monday, 2 August 2021 at Gulkula in North East Arnhem Land after the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Organisers have introduced a cap on General Admission and Corporate ticket sales this year in a bid to limit the number of interstate visitors to Arnhem Land and to accommodate reduced capacity at Gulkula.

Yothu Yindi Foundation CEO and Festival Director Denise Bowden said the health and safety of the community is the number one priority.

“Yothu Yindi Foundation is preparing for every possible contingency, and we proceed with an abundance of caution while the pandemic threat remains,” she said.

“We’re consulting with the relevant authorities and agencies as we develop a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan, and we look forward to sharing more details of that in the weeks ahead.”

Ticket registrations open on Wednesday, 10 February and people who bought tickets last year and opted to roll their registration over for 2021 will have their tickets honoured in 2021.

Event organisers are currently exploring the possibility of delivering various elements of Garma Festival online for those who can’t attend in person.

To find out more information, head to www.yyf.com.au/.