NT Artist, Special Event Northern Territory/Australia


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Presented by Darwin Festival and Fremantle Biennale

Led by Larrakia artist Jenna Lee, supported by elders from the Larrakia community, in collaboration with music producer Kuya James and composer Lena Kellie, balarr inyiny (bah-lahrr een-yeen-y), meaning Light Dreaming, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. This epic spectacle of light, movement and sound transforms the night sky over the Festival’s closing days.

See 160 drones take flight from Jervois Park in a breathtaking choreographed sky show illustrating Larrakia songlines that run down Darwin’s coastline.

Following on from the Fremantle Biennale’s Australian premiere of First Lights with Moombaki, balarr inyiny uses new technologies to bring to life ancient stories of this place, transforming the way we understand Larrakia culture and our shared relationship to country.

Settle in to Jervois Park from 6pm for a special Welcome to Country held at 7pm before each drone performance. Seating is not provided so please bring your own picnic rug or chair.

Enjoy dinner before or after the show at Festival Park and catch a free shuttle bus from the Bus Interchange.

Don’t miss this illuminating free, family-friendly experience.

Click here to watch the Auslan interpretation of the show.

Click here to listen to the event audio while watching from a secondary vantage point either on the water or at The Esplanade. The live audio stream commences at 7pm.

  • Artist Jenna Lee
  • Music Producer Kuya James
  • Animation Jarrad Russel
  • Produced by Fremantle Biennale
  • Technical Partner Stellar Lights
  • Image Ilona McGuire, Moombaki, 2021, Derbarl Nara (Coogee Beach). Commissioned by the Fremantle Biennale for CROSSING 21. Photo: Duncan Wright

Commissioned by Fremantle Biennale as a part of the First Lights project

Proudly supported by Northern Land Council

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the RISE Fund and the Minderoo Foundation

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