The Sun Sets on Another Successful Darwin Festival
“Our signature event, Streets of Darwin, was a musical love letter to Darwin where local musicians performed an original song each, inspired by their neighbourhoods. This work was specially commissioned for this year’s Festival and a collection of the songs have been made into music clips that are now being shared with the world.
“We delivered sold-out shows of some amazing contemporary theatre, including the hilarious black comedy Oyster Boy, audio adventure I’ll Tell You in Person and the intimate one-on-one experience Love me Bar(Tender).
“The dazzling darlings of Darwin’s Drag scene provided the Festival with a stunning cabaret offering called Drag Divas: Essential Werk, a high energy and uplifting celebration of essential workers. Local lady of laughs, Amy Hetherington, returned to the Festival’s comedy line up, proving to be a favourite with audiences by selling out her second consecutive season of shows over the last two years of the Festival.
“Families rejoiced at the return of the City of Darwin Teddy Bear’s Picnic, which saw a morning of fun and games, music and magic.
“A high point of our dance program was North of Centre, an immersive, three-part performance celebrating the diversity of the Northern Territory and the rich cultural artistry of South East Asia. The work was a collaboration between Darwin’s own Tracks Dance Company, Central Australia’s renowned GUTS Dance and founder of Darwin’s eminent Balinese dance group Tunas Mekar Cultural Collective, Desak Putu Warti with Jocelyn Tribe.
“Darwin has an exceptional visual arts scene and this was strongly reflected in the program, with the likes of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, the 37th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Salon de Refusés and many more,” said Preval.
Darwin Festival Board Chair Ian Kew said, “The Board and staff thank the Northern Territory Government for its strong support, as well as our wonderful funders, sponsors, partners, suppliers, artists, volunteers and audiences for their contribution to the successful delivery of Festival during this unprecedented year.”
“We are delighted with this year’s achievements, and the results speak to the hard work and dedication of the wider Festival team under the leadership of Acting CEO James Gough and artistic direction of Felix Preval,” said Kew.
NT Major Events Company CEO, Tim Watsford said, “Darwin Festival pride themselves on showcasing the best talent the NT has to offer, and this year was no exception.”
“The Darwin Festival team has done a fantastic job kicking off the Top End’s delayed events season.
“The NT Government funds events like Darwin Festival to bring the community together and provide opportunities for Territorians, both as spectators and participants. To see people enjoying Festival Park and soaking up the sights and sounds of the Festival program was very welcome after so many months of doubt around events.”
Darwin Festival will return in 2021 for another season of Hot August Nights.