In pictures: Garma Festival 2023

By AG Staff 8 August 2023
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Australia’s largest celebration of Yolngu culture took place at the weekend, with four-days of art, music, dance, ceremony and song.

Hosted annually by the Yothu Yindi Foundation in remote northeast Arnhem Land, the Garma Festival showcases traditional miny’tji (art), manikay (song), bunggul (dance) and story-telling, and is an important meeting point for the clans and families of the region. 

But this year’s festival was different. It was the first without Yunupingu.

The Yolngu Elder, leader of the Gumatji clan, and land rights activist passed away in April, aged 74.

Yunupingu and his late brother Dr M Yunupingu, the frontman of Yothu Yindi created Garma Festival in 1999.