National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs)

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The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and they have been celebrating Australian music for 12 years.

The NIMAs showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country. Held on the first Saturday of August, the NIMA Concert in the outdoor Amphitheatre starts the 18 day Darwin Festival.

They are run by MusicNT in association with the Northern Territory Government’s Indigenous Arts Development Unit.

The Indigenous Music Awards recognise excellence, dedication, innovation and outstanding contribution to the NT music industry. The Awards are presented at a special showcase event in August as part of Darwin Festival, and feature the best indigenous music talent in the Northwest Territory of Australia.

The Awards are industry based and focus with nominations coming from industry, pre-selection by a local industry committee and final judging of Award winners by an independent panel of Northwest Territory and interstate music industry professionals.

The Awards bring together acts who are yet to make their mark on the world alongside those who have achieved international acclaim, such as Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.

Held annually under the stars on the first Saturday of August at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre, The NIMAS bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambiance of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures.

Musicians such as Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, The Tableland Drifters, Warren H. Williams and Arnhem Land rockstars Saltwater Band have performed and won awards as well.

The NIMAs are a special celebration of Indigenous music. The Awards are a family friendly, not-to-be-missed event in the Darwin entertainment calendar and the Australian music calendar.

Darwin Festival is an 18-day celebration in August of music, theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret and more in the beautiful tropical city of Darwin.  

Enjoy the festive atmosphere, delicious food and drink stalls, and free performances at the heart of the arts – Festival Park – and various venues across Darwin, as the Festival activates the city every August.