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Indigenous Fashion Projects are returning to Larrakia Country for a week of events celebrating First Nations design, textiles, fashion and culture.

6-11 AUGUST 2024

Don’t miss out on headlining events: Country to Couture (6 Aug) and the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (7 Aug), followed by a series of workshops, talks and exhibits as part of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’s (DAAF) Public Program (9-11 Aug).

Time to start planning your week!

 

 

 

TUESDAY 6 AUGUST

WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST

PUBLIC PROGRAM

FRIDAY – SUNDAY 9-11 AUGUST

Experience a runway like no other! Country to Couture is where First Nations textiles, fashion and art collide in a colourful showcase of creativity from across Australia. 

Country to Couture, Show 1: Under Fire

Hear. Our. Voice. More than garments, fashion can be a vehicle for healing, for activism and political expression, for fighting for Country and the survival of culture. We keep the fire burning.

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, 10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, 0800
WHEN: Tues 6 Aug 2024
Doors open 4:30 PM
Showtime starts at 5:00 PM

Country to Couture, Show 2: Boundless

Always was, always will be. From the desert to the sea, Country holds us, teaches us. Our fashion is a celebration of our cultural stories, from traditional materials, to streetwear, to couture.

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, 10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, 0800
WHEN: Tues 6 Aug 2024
Doors open 7:30 PM
Showtime starts at 8:00 PM

 Attend the prestigious awards ceremony under the stars, celebrating Indigenous excellence and innovation in fashion and textiles.

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, designers, Art Centres and creatives across a number of categories, the NIFA is a community event not to be missed!

National Indigenous Fashion Awards Ceremony

Come together on Larrakia Country for this year’s National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) sunset ceremony at the iconic Deckchair Cinema!

The NIFA provides a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate the innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Australia’s First Nations peoples in fashion and textiles, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector.

 

WHERE: Deckchair Cinema, Jervois Rd, Darwin City, 0800
WHEN: Wed 7 Aug 2024
TIME: Doors open 6.00 PM

 

PUBLIC PROGRAM

Engage with the contemporary creations from the world’s oldest living cultures. This vibrant Public Program runs alongside the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF), packed with both free and ticketed events for all ages. Immerse in traditional dance performances, artist masterclasses and talks, material demonstrations, children’s activities, fashion and more.

The Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) team will be back, serving up a series of talks, exhibits and activities!

Melissa Greenwood. Miimi & Jiinda and Gilat Shani, Unreal Fur. Community Collaboration Award Submission. Mob on Country, Rob Hookey Photography

DROP BY FOR A YARN AT THE IFP STAND

Fri-Sun 9-11 Aug 2024

Meet the IFP team and their participating artists and designers who’ll be dropping by for a yarn. This is a great way to introduce yourself to our fashion community, and learn about our programs and events. There will also be opportunities to book an appointment at the stand.

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre – The IFP Stand
ENTRY: Free

IFP SPOTLIGHT TALKS

Check the IFP Stand chalkboard daily for Spotlight Talks including Elaine George.

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre – The IFP Stand
WHEN: Daily, 9-11 August
ENTRY: Free

Image courtesy of Elaine George, BlakList 

IFP EXHIBITION

Take a look at some of the innovative designs and collaborations coming from our community of First Nations artists and designers, including:

– Helen Kaminski and Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts collaboration

– Unreal Fur and Miimi & Jiinda collaboration

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre – The Concourse
WHEN: Daily, 9-11 August
ENTRY: Free

Image courtesy of Helen Kaminski, Photo by James Giles

IFP MINI WORKSHOPS

Hear from the IFP team on how to best apply for our programs and present your work.

 

Workshop 1: Applying to IFP Programs, Strengthening your Application

9:30am – 10:30am, Friday, 9 August

 

Workshop 2: Developing and Articulating your Design Concept

9:30am – 10:30am, Saturday, 10 August

 

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre – IFP Stand
WHEN: Friday-Saturday, 9-10 August
ENTRY: Free

Image courtesy of Michael Jalaru Torres

IFP INTENSIVE: MODELLING

Blaklist Model Mentoring Workshop with Elaine George

IFP are excited to have Blaklist deliver their Model Mentoring Workshop, hosted by First Nations fashion icon – Elaine George.

Elaine draws on her many years of experience in the fashion industry, delivering first hand insights as the first First Nations model to feature on the cover of Vogue Australia.

Developed by BlakList for First Nations models, the workshop will focus on portfolio development, runway techniques and self care.

 

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre – Madla Room, Meeting Room 2
WHEN: Time TBA, Thursday, 8 August
ENTRY: Invitation only.

Image courtesy of Blaklist, Elaine George.

IFP PANEL DISCUSSION

Collaborations & Best Practice

Speakers include Phoebe Phyles – Designer and Product Developer at Helen Kaminski, Trevor van Weeren – Art Centre Manager at Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts, Jack Tuftie – Brand Manager at Unreal Fur, and Arlette Martin – Visual Arts Business Development Manager at Copyright Agency.

 

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre – Madla Room, Meeting Room 2
WHEN: 11:00am – 12:00pm, Friday, 9 August
ENTRY: FREE, registration required

Image courtesy of Helen Kaminski, photo by James Giles.

DAAF Foundation’s Public Program is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company, Copyright Agency, and premium media partner Peppermint Magazine.

Elizabeth Wullunmingu and Janet Marawarr. Image courtesy of Phoebe Hyles and Helen Kaminski