One of Australia’s most important music events returns to Darwin in 2022; zoom accounts not required!

This August 6, one of Australia’s most important and prestigious events – the National Indigenous Music Awards – is finally reclaiming its rightful place on Larrakia Country at Darwin’s iconic Amphitheater to celebrate their fourteenth birthday, this time in the company of Mob, friends, family and fans.

After two long hard years of false starts,virtual ceremonies, zoom calls and patchy service, The National Indigenous Music Awards will once again welcome back the larger Australian music community to its home under the stars, in the picturesque home of the Larrakia people, for an overdue celebration of Indigenous music.

Having grown over the past eighteen years to become the preeminent engagement on the First Nations music calendar, the NIMAs has provided an important platform for the industry’s biggest artists as well as paying respects to those who have paved the way for the new breed of talent. 

With Thelma Plum and King Stingray just the tip of the live performance iceberg, the night is set to be a true celebration of what has been a huge year of First Nations music. With live shows starting to tour around the country, the industry is finally getting back on its feet and the NIMAs this year will be a chance to come together to share our collective experiences of the last two years, while celebrating the future of our vibrant industry. 

“We are so excited to have the NIMAs back in real life,” said NIMA Creative Director Ben Graetz. “The awards have always been a special place to connect with mob and for artists to get together to celebrate their artistry and culture. The last two years of virtual events have been challenging but it has also  allowed us to get to people far and wide, across Australia and beyond, but getting back to country and being together to celebrate music will be a true homecoming for our industry.”

Tickets for the event go on sale today, while award nominations are also open for First Nations releases from the past twelve months, with artists, industry and the general public welcome to put forward their favourites from across the year at . 

Supported by the Territory Government and in association with Darwin Festival, the NIMAs has secured itself as a must-attend event on Darwin’s calendar and for the music industry at large.

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