Special Event, Visual Arts Northern Territory



Remember the old days of the Bougainvillea Festival and the Grand Parade? To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’re taking you back in time with Parade Days.

The Festival’s now-iconic structure, The Lighthouse, provides the perfect canvas to screen a video installation by local artist Huni Bolliger. Images gathered from the community and sourced from NT News and the Northern Territory Library tell the story of one of the most beloved events in our colourful history.

A festival celebrating Darwin first started in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy and the Grand Parade was an important feature. This mass community spectacle ran for more than two decades, tracking both the evolution of the Festival from community event to major event on the international arts calendar, as well as the evolution of the city reborn post Tracy.

Relive the memories and recapture the community spirit as we celebrate Darwin in Parade Days.

  • Photos Bougainvillea Festival, from the Graeme Cheater and Gaynor Lovett Collections, courtesy Northern Territory Library
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