Garma Festival, presented by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, took place in Northeast Arnhem Land and ran from 31 July to 5 August 2014. AIEF’s Leadership Team was privileged to lead a group at the festival including AIEF Board Member Michael Lindsay, AIEF Ambassadors Adriana Gardos, Janie Hicks and Mary Shaw, representatives from AIEF’s major corporate partners Tenix, Perpetual Trustee Company Limited and Commonwealth Bank and their guests. The group attended with the support of Qantas Airways and were delighted to witness the announcement of a new partnership between AIEF and the Yothu Yindi Foundation whilst there.
The festival provided a platform for cultural exchange and a forum for discussion, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for further reconciliation and understanding, while celebrating Yolngu culture.
Amongst the almost 1,500 attendees were also two AIEF Scholarship Students from Melbourne Grammar School (who asked questions on the ABC Q & A filmed on the Monday night from Gulkala) and representatives from Partner School Scotch College, Melbourne, AIEF Alum Tanika Perry, AIEF Chair Warren Mundine, a further three AIEF Ambassadors Ann Sherry AO, Andrew Forrest and Michael Rose and representatives from AIEF’s major corporate partners Qantas, Leighton Contractors, the Commonwealth Bank and Allens.