National Indigenous Music Awards return to Darwin

The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) returns to Darwin in 2022.

One of Australia’s biggest music events returns to its rightful place in Larrakia country at Darwin’s iconic amphitheater on August 6.

After two difficult years of false starts and Zoom calls, NIMA will be able to celebrate their 14th anniversary in style this year. The wider Australian music community will be welcomed home under the stars, for a long-awaited celebration of indigenous music.

As the preeminent engagement on the First Nations music calendar, NIMAs have provided a vital platform for the industry’s greatest artists, while honoring those who have paved the way for the next generation of talent.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Thelma Plum will perform at the event, ready to perform hits from her debut album, 2019’s Better in Blak. Darwin’s own indie rock band King Stingray will also make an appearance, with plenty more live music to include on the night.

“We are thrilled to reunite with NIMA in real life,” said NIMA Creative Director Ben Graetz. “The awards have always been a great place to connect with crowds and artists to come together to celebrate their art and culture.

The past two years of virtual events have been challenging, but it’s also allowed us to reach people from all over, across Australia and beyond, but going back to the country and being together to celebrate music will be a a real return to basics for our industry.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased through the Darwin Festival website. Nominations are also open for First Nations releases from the past 12 months, with artists, industry and the general public allowed to submit their selections from the past year here.

The 2022 National Indigenous Music Awards

With Thelma Plum, King Stingray and more to come

Saturday August 6
Darwin Amphitheater, Botanical Gardens, NT

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