The 18th National Remote Indigenus Media Festival was the coming together of media workers from remote communities all over Australia for a week of workshops, concerts, awards ceremonies, friendship making, meetings and networking. The festival traditionally alternates between saltwater and desert communities and this year it was the turn of the coastal community of Yirrkala in north east Arnhem Land.
Yirrkala belongs to the Yolngu and the traditional owners provided a welcome to around 200 people from a variety of organisations working in or providing funding to the remote media sector.
In all, 10 people from NG Media made the long trek from the Ngaanyatjarra lands to Arnhem land. Three troopies travelled the eight-day, 5200km round trip. Together we saw some sights, ate a lot of roadhouse food and braved a long gravel road in the top end.
The festival provides, among other things, a great opportunity for training with workshops at this year's festival including sports commentary, radio journalism, animation using mobile devices, VR film-making and music recording and hopefully all our workers have come away with some new skills.
We are looking forward to the next one in the desert - with maybe a little less travel!