Garma is held on a significant Yolngu ceremonial meeting ground called Gulkula, outside the Gove township, north east Arnhem land in the Northern Territory.
Guests number up to 2500, and the facilities are basic camping accommodation. The Festival is an open air affair, nestled amongst the stringybark trees. Leaders from across the nation gather at Garma, including guests such as the Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta, Dutch Ambassador, Indigenous entertainers, academics, legal types and university students and their institutions. Garma is where the saltwater and the freshwater meet to discuss, and where balance is sought and solutions are found. It is likened to reconciliation in it’s purest form.
Volunteers make a significant contribution to the build, operation and spirit of the Festival. You will work along side our highly skilled and motivated site crew, bringing the grounds of Gulkula to life. Garma is a festival like no other – it is a unique experience that will live with you forever.
For two weeks you will camp out, share meals with new friends, make new connections, build a festival and accomplish something truly life changing for the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land and for yourself.
You are the change you want to see in Australia. A fair and equal Australia is achievable and Garma is a spearhead to effect that change.
You will have opportunities during the festival to participate in program activities, we have structured your volunteering days to ensure that you have ample time to experience the event.