We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are only two months away and we could not be more excited. We managed to wrangle an interview with Creative Director Ben Gaetz about what we can expect from the awards ceremony, set to feature an amazing line-up of performances that includes Baker Boy, Miiesha, King Stingray, Dallas Woods, Alice Skye, and Kee’ahn.
“This year we are focusing on coming together as a community and also on healing,” Ben tells MTV Australia. “So there will be beautiful moments throughout the night celebrating and honouring those themes.”
And although the NIMAs will be a live event, taking place amid the lush surrounds of Darwin’s Botanic Gardens, online audiences will also be joining in on the fun. “Last year, due to the awards going virtual, we were able to have a far bigger reach and connect with the community in a way we hadn’t had the chance to do before. Especially connecting with our region and remote towns and communities,” Ben explains. “We are looking to include a live cross to different mobs celebrating the NIMAs live with us this year!”
And while the 2021 ceremony is a big one, showcasing its most dazzling line-up in NIMAs history, Ben says that some newer up-and-comers will also be gracing the stage. “This year there is a wonderful mix of some of our most established First Nations musicians, plus our younger emerging artists,” he revealed.
If that wasn’t enough, word has it that 2021 NIMAs host Steven Oliver – fresh off his theatre run of the comedy cabaret Bigger & Blacker – will be bringing a similar vibe to his hosting duties. “I think Steven only comes with sexy, bigger and Blacker energy!”
August can’t come soon enough.
Tickets for the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are available over at www.darwinfestival.org.au.