The Garma Festival of Traditional Culture is an annual festival that is held in north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia. It is a celebration of the cultural inheritance of the Yolngu people and cultural inheritance, the aim is at sharing knowlege and culture. The festival site is at Gulkula that is approximately 40 kilometers from Nhulunbuy. The festival attracts around 20 different cultural groups from around Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory.
The first festival began in 1998 as a response to hosting an Aboriginal equivilant of the World Economic Forum. The Garma Festival is a celebration of the Yolngu cultural inheritance. The Garma ceremony is aimed at sharing knowledge and culture, and opening people’s hearts to the message of the land at Gulkula. The site at Gulkula has profound meaning for Yolngu. Set in a stringybark forest with views to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Gulkula is where the ancestor Ganbulabula brought the yidaki (didjeridu) into being among the Gumatj people. The festival is designed to encourage the practice, preservation and maintenance of traditional dance (bunggul), song (manikay), art and ceremony (Wangga) on Yolngu lands in Northeast Arnhem Land.