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.

Explore the richness of the world’s oldest living continuous culture through seven phenomenal events this August. It’s only the beginning.

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BUŊGUL

THU 5 AUG
Darwin Festival kicks off with a huge opening night concert extravaganza. This free, open-air event will see The Amphitheatre at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens transformed into a meeting place of dance, song and ritual with Buŋgul; a celebration of the music and culture of Gurrumul and the people of North East Arnhem Land. Experience the traditional songs, dances and paintings that inspired Gurrumul’s final album, Djarrimirri (Child of the Rainbow), in a live performance by Yolŋu dancers, songmen and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.
Buŋgul is just the first announcement of a number of phenomenal works in the 2021 Darwin Festival program that explore the richness of First Nations practice in Australia.

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.

SALON21

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.

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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.

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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.

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