This year the conference will focus on alternatives to prison and the systemic issues which lead to over representation of particular groups in the prison system. Keynote and workshop presentations will focus on strategies to reduce imprisonment an recidivism and break the cycle of growing prisoner numbers.
The awards, which was established by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, recognises the important contribution made by Indigenous artists and promotes an appreciation and understanding of the quality and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art throughout Australia, with support from principal sponsor Telstra.
TheMahbilil Festival is a celebration of cultural diversity and community in Kakadu (hosted in Jabiru township). Running from midday to midnight, Mahbilil is orchestrated to shift in mood as it progresses. The festival also encompasses the Gurrung Sports Carnival, which sees teams from all across the Top End compete.
The conference is hosted by The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC). SNAICC is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
The 2015 Festival will be hosted by Indigenous Remote Communications Association in partnership with PAW Media and Communications and the Lajamanu community with key partner Indigenous Community Television.