Darwin Festival begins 40th anniversary celebrations

A momentous night of free live music has opened Darwin Festival’s 40th anniversary celebrations. A bumper program packed with stellar shows, huge crowds, relaxed outdoor dining and free family fun will roll out over 18 hot August nights (8-25 August 2019) for Territorians and tourists alike to enjoy.

“Last night our incredible 40th anniversary program kicked off with the Santos Opening Night Concert. This free event saw more than 3,500 people flock to The Amphitheatre in Darwin’s stunning Botanic Gardens to watch a fusion of traditional music and contemporary rock by the internationally acclaimed Yothu Yindi, who were supported by Darwin favourite Caiti Baker and the feel-good grooves of Adrian Eagle,” said Festival Artistic Director Felix Preval.

There’s a huge week ahead featuring a feast of the hottest music, theatre, visual art, comedy and daring acts. The Victoria Spiegeltent will play host to 22 performances of the all-new sexy and sultry Blanc de Blanc Encore. This champagne-soaked night of stunts, burlesque and cabaret will surely whet the appetite of hungry Darwin audiences.

“For a night of laughs be sure not to miss the multi-award winning comedian Damien Power as he delves into our culture of narcissism in society at The Lighthouse.

“Jacob Boehme’s critically acclaimed dance work Blood on a Dance Floor is a powerful blend of storytelling that combines projection and movement to create a theatrical performance like no other.

“Some of the hottest bands will be joining us this year. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have blown up over the last year and come to Darwin Festival off the back of a hugely successful U.S. tour, so are definitely a gig not to miss at The Lighthouse. And over at the Darwin Railway Club you can’t go past the Kampot Playboys and their extremely danceable mix of East meets West psychedelia or the captivating Tek Tek, with support from ’80s-obsessed Panic Bruss, who promise a high-energy night of music that’s sure to impress,” said Preval.

Darwin Festival is the Northern Territory’s leading international arts festival that connects the cultures and communities of Darwin through the arts, promotes the Northern Territory to the nation and the world, and contributes to the cultural and visitor economies of Northern Australia.

Proudly celebrating 40 years in 2019, Darwin Festival returns Thursday 8 – Sunday 25 August for 18 hot August nights of the very best in local and international curated cultural events and talent.

Tickets for the Darwin Festival are on sale now at www.darwinfestval.org.au 

Darwin Festival is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government and City of Darwin.

Matt Fraser matt@cardinalspin.com.au
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