National Indigenous Music and Dance Symposium 


The 7th Annual Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance will be hosted this weekend at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

The Symposium, held in partnership with CDU and the Darwin Festival, will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and performers from across Australia.

Speakers will discuss current approaches to recording and researching Indigenous music and dance and present research associated with the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia.

The program will feature sessions on the special theme of Indigenous performance and health.

A much-anticipated highlight of the Symposium is the annual Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture.

This year’s lecture, entitled Song, Story, History, will be given by prominent Indigenous singer songwriter Kev Carmody, using guitar, music and storytelling.

The Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture will be held on the evening of the first day of the Symposium, Saturday, August 16 at 7pm at the Mal Nairn Auditorium, at CDU’s Casuarina campus.

The Symposium will be held over two days, starting on Saturday, August 16 at 8.30am, finishing at 5.30pm. The Sunday program will run from 9am to 2pm.

Attendance is free to members of the public. Online registration is available at:

For more information on the Symposium and the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia, visit