Top End Indigenous performers on show

A three-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders arts and culture will be held at the Darwin Entertainment Centre this weekend.

The Garrmalang Festival showcases music, dance and culture from Top End Indigenous artists.

The festival runs from Friday 22 May until Sunday 24 May with featured events including:

  • two showings of the Djuku Mala (The Chooky Dancers) sell out show from their recent national tour
  • a panel discussion about life in the public eye with Australian Olympian Patrick Johnson, ABC broadcaster Charlie King, actors/playwrights Jado Cubillo and Steven Oliver and singer/songwriter Shellie Morris
  • on Saturday evening patrons can enjoy an evening hosted by Shellie Morris discussing music and stories titled Four Little Birds. Local artists Leah Flanagan, Ursula Yovich and desert diva Catherine Satour will also join Shellie onstage
  • on Sunday afternoon The Gary Lang NT Dance Company will perform a free showcase of their work-in-progress Inspired - an evolving experimentation ballet to the musical score of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said the Northern Territory Government is pleased to be able to provide $50,000 funding to support the Garrmalang Festival as part of the FestivalsNT calendar of cultural and sporting events.

Tickets to attend the Garrmalang Festival are available from