August is an amazing time to be in the Top End of the Northern Territory! Each year, Larrakia Country hosts world renowned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events and awards that run alongside the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair!
Like the Fair, they too have shifted online or re-scheduled in the face of COVID-19, but there is still plenty to celebrate – whether it be digitally or in person.
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is proud to align itself with the Garma Festival, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, National Indigenous Music Awards, and the Salon Art Projects. Together these art, culture and music events create a week of cultural excellence, and mark the most significant national celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world.
Here’s a look at what’s on this August, 2021:
National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs)
POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN 2021!
Watch this space!!
Image courtesy of nima.musicnt.com.au
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) have unveiled a huge live performance lineup for the 2021 event at the Darwin Amphitheatre.
An extraordinary celebration of music, song, dance and the oldest surviving culture in the world, the night will once again be broadcast via NITV and online platforms. This year’s musical lineup is one of the strongest in the event’s seventeen-year strong history with Baker Boy, Miiesha, Electric Fields, King Stingray, Dallas Woods and Kee’Ahn, Alice Skye and more to be revealed.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, MAGNT
7 August 2021 – 6 February 2022
Image | 2020 Telstra NATSIAA installation view. Courtesy of MAGNT. Photo: Charlie Bliss.
The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art awards that captures the attention of the nation. Presented by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in partnership with Telstra, the unique showcase sees an increasing variety of art forms and media each year, collectively demonstrating the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice, and the pre-eminence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts.
Telstra and MAGNT are moving the 2021 Telstra NATSIAA Ceremony to online only this year via natsiaa.com
The Exhibition is still set to open at MAGNT Darwin on Saturday 7 August at 10am ACST.
You can also experience the high-end Virtual Gallery featuring the winners and finalists artwork.
Salon des Refuses
5 August – 25 September 2021
Every August, Salon Art Projects presents the Salon des Refusés, an exhibition of works submitted but not accepted into NATSIAA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards). Its quality demonstrates the superb standard of art being created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, nationwide and it also provides valuable insight into where the movement has come from, and where it is heading.
This year, the 2021 Salon des Refusés is going online only.
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