18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival 2016
The last week of September 2016, celebrated the 18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival. Which was held in the beautiful coastal community of Yirrkala, Within the East Arnhem Regional Council of the Northern Territory.
It was TEABBA’s turn to co-host this year’s festival with IRCA, and was asked to find a suitable community within our RIMO Network to participate with the annual festival, and preferable following the historical slogan of “From the Desert to the Sea”.
Mid February, we met with the East Arnhem Regional Council, for various broadcasting issues and as well to mention this Festival to them. Thankfully, this followed onto a very encouraging meeting in April with the Yirrkala Community Manager, and a two Traditional Elders.
This was quickly followed up with a face-to-face stakeholders meeting with Rritijinju Aboriginal Corp and Buku-Larrnggy Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala School, other major Organisations representatives of the Community, the local media ARDS and Gove FM, also including many other support services/ and agencies in and around the Nhulunbuy region.
With a working team, and several busy months of planning, brainstorming and negotiating logistic, financial and various puzzles. The Festival was coming together fast, with a buzz of positive excitement and anticipation.
Once everything was prepared, the TEABBA team headed off both a team on the road and also in the air with a compilation of TEABBA Board, RIBS & staff delegates.
Sunday started of proceedings with the official sign up and also the Cyclone recovery football carnival which the TEABBA broadcast team called live.
Monday September 26th was the official opening and welcome of the Festival, it begun with amazing traditional dancers and song, followed with opening speeches, and RIMO introductions, associated Organisations, support and assistance participation acknowledgements. Open Industry discussion forum, and workshop program arrangements. Ending the day with dinner and entertainment running into the evening with fantastic music, collection of short films.
Tuesday, and the days following, were full with live broadcasting, Industry panels, sector discussions, various multimedia workshops, live entertainment and the list continues.
This also included the launch of the new TEABBA Remote Indigenous Media Unit (MS Jedda); this was driven from Darwin all the way to Gove on its 1st bush encounter. Many of the RIBS operators from all of the RIMOS at the festival spent time broadcasting across the TEABBA footprint and into their own communities from Ms. Jedda.
Some of the live events included a traditional Bungul, say no to family violence with Charlie king, traditional dances, local and big name bands, traditional performances and live screenings and documentaries.
The award ceremonies were a highlight them selves, the trophies were artwork made by artists from the local Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre.
To sum up, TEABBA would like to thank all parties involved with the festival at Yirrkala as their were so many organisations and individuals that played a vital part in setting up and running this Remote Indigenous media Festival, TEABBA was ecstatic to co-host and be apart of it, the overall response we have received has been overwhelming, we hope that everyone that attended enjoyed beautiful Yirrkala and gained a lifetime experience that they will never forget.