113 Events announced in 2018 Darwin Festival Program

Photo: Camp Cope 2017 Darwin Festival by Elise Derwin

Over 18 hot August days and nights (Thursday 9 – Sunday 26), Darwin Festival returns with a breathtaking program of 113 events filled with laughter, stirring theatrical performances, the hottest live music acts, sexy cabaret, daredevil circus and fun outings for the whole family.

The dry season is the most magical time to visit Darwin. Darwin Festival turns up the heat with the very best local, national and international performers taking to the Top End. Highlights of the 2018 season include: Australia’s crown prince of comedy Joel Creasey; the always absurd Sam Simmons; genre-defying musical duo Electric Fields; the 15-member strong Shania Twain choir; the obscene beauty queen Betty Grumble; leading Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin’s thrilling duet SPLIT; award-winning indie-folk darling Tia Gostelow; a play spotlighting Lindy Chamberlain Letters to Lindy; and Personal, the moving theatrical story of growing up in a Deaf family.

Artistic Director Felix Preval said, “As the Northern Territory celebrates its 40th year of self-governance, now more than ever is an important time to celebrate our special tropical home. Darwin is a truly magical city with unique experiences, quirky characters and wondrous sights, and the 2018 Darwin Festival program is a reflection of these fascinating aspects of our city.

“Our Festival program spans 113 events, features 595 artists – 305 of who are NT locals – and is spread across 31 Darwin venues, so there is no shortage of artistic happenings to enrich one’s Festival experience.

“We welcomed record crowds at last year’s Festival and 50% of shows sold out. The appetite for incredible entertainment is strong in the Top End so I encourage everyone to book in early to avoid disappointment this year,” said Preval.

Darwin Festival is the Northern Territory’s largest festival of arts and culture. Each August, Darwin Festival combines warm outdoor festivities with a program rich with local, national and international talent over 18 dazzling days and night to celebrate the quintessential spirit and energy of Darwin, with its laidback, friendly lifestyle.

Tickets for the Darwin Festival are on sale from 10am Thursday 21 June at darwinfestival.org.au 


Matt Fraser: Publicity Manager E: matt@cardinalspin.com.au M: 0401 326 007

Amber Forrest-Bisley: Publicity Director E: amber@cardinalspin.com.au M: 0405 363 817