The 2018 Garma Festival of Traditional Culture takes place August 3-6 and brings together business leaders, international politicians, academics and journalists, to discuss the most pressing issues facing Australia. The event is held annually at the remote Gulkula ceremonial grounds in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
The theme for 2018: ‘Yuwalk Lakaranga’ – truth-telling.
YYF Chairman and Gumatj leader Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM said the process of Makarrata – the settling of differences – could not be achieved without each party first giving an honest account of their grievances.
“Truth-telling is at the heart of the Makarrata process and essential to obtaining a lasting settlement and a united future,” Dr Yunupingu said.
“In the lead-up to last year’s Garma, I cautioned that finding the peace between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people would not be easy, and so it has proved, but we remain committed to a lasting settlement that will heal the divisions of the past and bring the nation together.”
YYF CEO Denise Bowden said the Key Forum was the ideal setting for informed debate and discussion on achieving a lasting settlement for the nation.
“It is important that time is taken to get the right outcome for the right reason,” she said.
This year’s Garma – the 20th anniversary of the event – begins on Friday, August 3 and concludes on Monday, August 6, at the culturally significant ceremonial grounds at Gulkula, near the township of Gove in north-east Arnhem Land.
About the event
Aim: Reconciliation, education and understanding through sharing of culture and traditional practice; promoting and highlighting Yolngu culture, and creating economic opportunities beneficial to Northeast Arnhem Land.
Description: This is Australia’s leading Indigenous cultural exchange event and a national hub for major forums with discussion, policy and action formulation, and bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through youth forums, art gallery, music, film, song, dance and expo.