Spotlight Shining a light on NT artists

Darwin Festival is a catalyst for creativity in the Northern Territory. Shining a light on NT artists is an important part of the festival and we involve NT artists in many ways. We present existing work, commission new projects, showcase artists, and connect local artists to visiting artists. Darwin Festival is a multi-artform festival and we want to hear from NT artists who work in any artform. That could be theatre, dance, experimental performance, circus, cabaret, comedy, visual arts, spoken word or installation.

The Spotlight Fund has been made possible through the generous support of our donors and a $10,000 contribution by Power and Water.


If you are interested in getting involved in future festivals, please be in touch by emailing Some of the ways you can get involved are:

Have an existing show, exhibition, band and want to be part of the festival

In 2023, over 500 NT artists were involved in Darwin Festival. NT artists featured in theatres, galleries, outdoor stages and sites and in Festival Park.

Please send an email with how you might like to get involved and links to your work and we will get back to you. Most of the Festival program is finalised by the end of March, so it would be great to hear from you by January if you want to be involved in that year’s Festival. For bigger projects, the longer the lead-time the better.

Have an idea for a new project

Darwin Festival invests in new projects and supports the development of new work by Northern Territory artists through the Spotlight Fund supported by Power and Water. If you have a new idea that you would like to discuss with Darwin Festival, then we would love to hear from you by emailing

We’re looking for projects that explore new ways of working, new collaborations, new sites, and engagement with new audiences and communities.

We will have a conversation with you to find out more about your idea. Support for new work can happen at any time of the year.

Fund Recipients 2022

Read about our successful Creative Development Fund recipients below.

Want to stay in the loop

Send us an email so we have your details and we can make sure you are included on emails to our arts community about upcoming opportunities. There are many opportunities to connect with visiting artists through talks and workshops as well as other industry events.

Interested in work opportunities

We employ many people in various jobs, both full-time and short-term, so email us if you are interested and we can let you know of any job opportunities as they arise

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