Darwin Festival is an international arts festival with a local heart. An integral part of our mission is to support the presentation of Northern Territory artists and performers. We proudly provide a high-profile national platform for local artists to showcase their talent alongside the best in current national and international touring work.

Opportunities for NT artists

Each year, we invite Northern Territory artists to submit proposals for consideration in the upcoming Festival. We’re looking for new work or an existing concept with a new twist.

Our expressions of interest have closed for Darwin Festival 2020 but check back later in the year for more information about being involved in the  2021 Festival.

Front Row Industry Development Program

Front Row is an exciting skills development program for Northern Territory early and mid-career artists, arts workers and writers who are looking to develop their creative and professional skills.

In 2018 and 2019 Front Row was facilitated by Darwin Festival and Brown’s Mart Theatre. The program is in hiatus for 2020 as we deliver a very different festival in the time of COVID-19.

Darwin Festival is committed to creating opportunities for the development of the local arts sector and hopes to bring back a revamped Front Row program in 2021.

Australian and international artists

Darwin Festival is a fully curated event. We are passionate about connecting with the cultural and artistic diversity of our unique place. Usually we welcome artists from around the world, but this year with border restrictions in place we are presenting a program featuring mostly local talent.

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