Garma Festival to return to Top End with capped crowd numbers to protect community

The Garma Festival will return this year in northeast Arnhem Land with a number of measures in place to protect remote community residents from Covid-19.

Last year’s festival was cancelled, but organisers Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF) say this year’s festival will return on July 30 to August 2 but with a cap on crowds and a Covid-19 safety plan. The festival normally attracts around 3,000 people including many from remote Aboriginal communities.

YYF chief executive Denise Bowden told the New Daily that the number one priority is the “health and safety of our people and our communities”.

“Unfortunately, we have no choice but to limit the number of tickets available for general admission and corporate guests, as there will be reduced capacity on site to accommodate COVID compliance measures,” she said.

“Strict caps will be in place on all ticket types except community passes, so organisers can ensure the health and safety of all attendees.”