Explore the richness of the world’s oldest living continuous culture through seven phenomenal events this August. It’s only the beginning.Plan your trip to Darwin
Darwin comes alive in August as the beating heart of First Nations culture in Australia. Feel the energy of contemporary art practice performed and perfected over millennia when you visit the tropical Top End.
THU 5 AUG
DARWIN ABORIGINAL ART FAIR
FRI 6 – SUN 8 AUG
Immerse yourself in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, design and culture at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) this August. Ethically purchase artwork direct from over 70 Indigenous owned Art Centres, with 100% of all sales made going directly back to support the artists and their communities. Come and engage with the contemporary creations of the oldest continuous living culture in the world, with a vibrant Public Program of traditional dance, workshops, artists talks, food, film and fashion.
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS
SAT 7 AUG
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) have celebrated Australian music for 16 years and is considered one of the country’s most important music events. The NIMAs bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambiance of a night under a star-strewn sky, outdoors in Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre.
TELSTRA NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ART AWARDS
SAT 7 AUG – JAN 2022
The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) exhibition will leave you in awe, while you absorb the heartbeat and beauty of some of the nation’s best emerging and established artists. Each year Telstra NATSIAA sees an increasing variety of mediums that challenge the status quo and demonstrate the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice.
AUG – SEP
Salon Art Projects presents SALON21 – a survey of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art exhibitions – in its inimitable style across multiple venues and days during August and September. Often focusing on individual artists, Salon Arts Projects exhibitions encourage a more intimate learning experience about the artists’ culture, country and connections to both.
COUNTRY TO COUTURE
TUES 3 AUG
One of the highlights of DAAF each year is Country to Couture – where First Nations textiles and fashion collide in a colourful showcase of wearable art. Country to Couture is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles and fashion design, and is a contemporary way of cultural storytelling, and sharing knowledge.Explore
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FASHION AWARDS
WED 4 AUG
The National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) are proudly presented by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF). The NIFA provide 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. Recognising and showcasing excellence across six categories, the award ceremony is a unique opportunity for the Australian and international fashion community to connect to the world’s oldest living cultures.Explore
Plan your Trip to Darwin
Darwin comes alive in August as the beating heart of First Nations culture in Australia. Feel the energy of contemporary art practice performed and perfected over millennia when you visit the tropical Top End.Plan Your Trip