Presented by Northern Territory Library
Festivals mark time. Between May and September, the Northern Territory comes alive as locals emerge from their wet season hibernation and interstate visitors escape the grips of winter down south. From the powerful celebration of Indigenous sport and culture at the iconic Barunga Festival to the creative wonder of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, there are hundreds to choose from on the Territory festival calendar.
All festivals evolve and each year new festivals are added to those existing, offering more opportunity to celebrate people, place, culture and stories. Join Darwin Festival Artistic Director Felix Preval, Northern Territory Library Heritage Coordinator Dr Samantha Wells, Skinnyfish Managing Director Mark Grose and former Artistic Director of Darwin Fringe Festival Cj Fraser-Bell in conversation as they traverse the exciting, diverse and sometimes controversial history of festivals in the Northern Territory. Ranging from the early history of Aboriginal corroboree to community gatherings, from the Bougainvillea Festival to our own annual celebrations at Darwin Festival and everything in-between, this is a history of the Northern Territory through celebration.
- Artwork Bougainvillea Festival 1993, Artists Fiona Puruntatamer, Annie Franklin and Donna Burak
Arena Theatre Co
By Christian Leavesley & Dan Giovannoni
Fri 16 - Sat 17 AugBuy Tickets
Seven teams take to the skies in a thrilling race from London to Darwin in this an action-packed adventure for the whole family.
Tracks Dance Company
Sun 18 - Sat 24 AugBuy Tickets
The heart of the city is transformed into an outdoor stage for Tracks Dance Company’s latest creation.
Indian Ink Theatre Company
Guru of Chai
Thu 22 - Sun 25 AugBuy Tickets
The contradictions of modern India come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful production.