Darwin Festival 2017

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The 2017 Darwin Festival runs from 10 to 27 August.


The Northern Territory Government has reinstated our core funding to $1 million per annum, ensuring that future festivals will go on. Hooray!


An interim audit of the 2016 Festival's results revealed that we ended the financial year in good financial health. The Festival is now transitioning out of statutory management and we have welcomed a new Board on board.


Businessman Ian Kew has been appointed chair of the rejuvenated organisation. CEO of Airport Development Group, Ian was previously the chair of Darwin Symphony Orchestra and the Charles Darwin University Foundation, and was a national councillor for Australian Business Arts Foundation (ABAF).


He will be joined on the board by three directors: award-winning Northern Territory playwright Mary Ann Butler, financial adviser and partner at Deloitte Karen Green, and legal practitioner Avril Vaughan. Expressions of interest for a further two community representative positions on the skills-based board will be publicly advertised in the future.


“The Government is pleased to confirm the reinstatement of funding to Darwin Festival. I have every confidence in the new board and senior management to continue to deliver this outstanding cultural event for the people of Darwin and visitors to the city,” Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said.


“Darwin’s arts and cultural community is a key player in our city’s vibrant personality and unique lifestyle. Darwin Festival showcases the very best our arts community has to offer, as well as first-class national and international acts, generating jobs, driving economic growth and luring tourists here each year.


“There’s no doubt the Festival has been through a rough patch, but it’s fantastic to see it back on track and I urge the Darwin community to make sure they show their support by  getting along to what promises to be a fun and exciting Festival in 2017.”


Following the departure of Artistic Director Andrew Ross in November 2016, Darwin Festival’s Head of Programming Felix Preval will undertake the role of Acting Artistic Director for the 2017 season. Executive Director Emily Mann will continue to lead the organisation.