ABC proud to partner with Garma

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The ABC will bring the voices, stories and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the Garma Festival to our audience on all platforms from July 29th to August 1st.

The annual Garma Festival is organized by the Yothu Yindi Foundation in north-east Arnhem Land and is Australia’s premier Indigenous cultural exchange. The event serves as a national hub for discussion, policy formulation and action, and brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through youth forums, art, music, film, song, dance and exhibitions.

The ABC is proud to once again be Garma’s official media partner after the festival’s two-year hiatus due to COVID.

ABC’s coverage across all platforms will feature First Nations reporters, producers, technical staff and crew from across Australia.

ABC coverage, led by Indigenous Affairs Editor Bridget Brennan and Supervising Producer Suzanne Dredge, can be seen and heard on ABC TV and ABC News, local radio and on our digital and social platforms during the festival and beyond.

The theme of this year’s event is Nhanga Ngathilyurraa Yolngu expression meaning “looking into the future”.

ABC chief executive David Anderson said the theme had special significance given the difficult events of the past two years.

“The Garma Festival is an important opportunity to draw the attention of our audience to the important issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.” he said.

“It’s also a time to celebrate the incredible culture and accomplishments of the world’s oldest continuous storytellers.”

ABC in Garma

Sunday, July 31 at 9 a.m. Insiders will air live from the festival for the first time on ABC TV and ABC iview.

A special episode of Q+A with recently announced ongoing host Stan Grant will be filmed in Arnhem Land and broadcast on ABC TV and ABC iview at 9.35pm on Monday August 1st.

David Speers will be joined on the back to you podcast on Friday, July 29 by Bridget Brennan and Dan Bouchier at Garma.

RN breakfast Anchor Patricia Karvelas will return to Garma this year for ABC News and ABC Radio and ABC News host Dan Bourchier will also be at the festival for ABC News.

ABC television program Works of art will be on hand to capture the festival’s unique art, song and dance.

For children, current affairs program behind the news will again support the Garma Youth Forum to inspire the next generation of budding journalists and grandsons will be there to share the festival with our youngest audiences.

ABC iview will feature a curated collection to support the event, with new content added during the week.

This year, the ABC also celebrates the 20th anniversary of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory group, the Bonner Committee. Established in 2002, its name commemorates the late Neville Bonner AO, Australia’s first Aboriginal Senator and a member of the ABC’s Governing Council from 1983 to 1991. Under the committee’s leadership, the ABC continues to improve our representation Indigenous Australians in our policies and programs.

Media contact

Laura Todd, ABC Communications
[email protected]

We recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original Australians and traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.

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