Celebrate First Nations culture at huge week of events

First Nations art, fashion, textiles, culture, music, performance and more are on show this week in the Top End.

The Territory is celebrating all things Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, with a jam packed week of iconic world-class events.

The below events follow Garrmalang Festival which ran over the weekend at the Darwin Entertainment Centre:

  • Tuesday, 2 August, 2022, Country to Couture – an incredible showcase of First Nations textiles and fashion design across two runway shows at Darwin Convention Centre.
  • Wednesday, 3 August, 2022, National Indigenous Fashion Awards – recognising excellence in a range of categories, including Wearable Art, Textile Design, Fashion Designer and Community Collaboration. The event is at Deckchair Cinema.
  • Friday, 5 August to Sunday, 7 August, 2022, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair – providing the chance to buy artwork and more, from Indigenous-owned art centres around Australia. The event is at the Darwin Convention Centre and online.
  • Saturday, 6 August, 2022, National Indigenous Music Awards – celebrate not only indigenous musicians who have already secured success, but also up-and-coming talent. The event takes place under the stars at Darwin Amphitheatre.
  • Saturday, 6 August, 2022 to Sunday, 15 January 2023, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAAs) – are the longest-running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art awards, and showcase the finest art from across the nation at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 5 August 2022, 6pm.

There is also a range of First Nations events taking place as part of Darwin Festival, including Salon Des Refuses (3-13 August, 2022), which features art submissions from, the NATSIAAs; and Bungul, a celebration of Gurrumul, as the Opening Night Concert (Thursday, 4 August, 2022).