Aboriginal culture in the Northern Territory
Culture is closer than you think in the Northern Territory. Immerse yourself in the stories, artworks and ancient traditions spanning more than 60,000 years.
Connection to Country is very much a part of the NT’s identity where the breadth and depth of cultural experiences on offer to visitors are like nowhere else.
There are many ways to learn and connect with the diverse Aboriginal cultures found throughout the Top End and Red Centre, whether it's by taking a locally guided tour; exploring the galleries and attractions along the Territory Art Trails or by venturing on a road trip through the World Heritage-listed national parks of Uluru, Kakadu or further into Arnhem Land.
From the bustling Aboriginal art fairs in Darwin to the cultural festivals in Alice Springs and the connections found on Country around Nhulunbuy – the NT acknowledges the traditional owners and celebrates Aboriginal culture as an intrinsic part of the Territory’s identity.
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Aboriginal cultural festivals & events
Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
Darwin & Surrounds6 August 2022 – 15 January 2023
The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards are Australia’s longest-running and most prestigious Indigenous art awards that capture the attention of the nation.
Desert Festival 2023
Alice Springs & Surrounds21 September – 1 October 2023
Desert Festival is Alice Springs’ award-winning annual arts and cultural festival, held in September each year.
Bangarra Dance Theatre Sandsong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert
Darwin & Surrounds25 – 26 November 2022
Under the vast Kimberley sky, the red pindan dust stretches across the desert homelands of the Walmajarri, where the ancient knowledge of People and of Country is preserved through Songlines that have endured for hundreds of generations.
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