General information

Who is Darwin Festival for?
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    Everyone! Our Festival is safe, inclusive and welcoming and audiences of all ages and demographics can binge on a fabulous array of artistic offerings. In 2020 things might look a little different than they usually do, but there’ll be plenty of the events and activities that make Dry Season in the Territory worth celebrating. We promise you’ll be surprised and delighted!

When is the Festival on?
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    The 2020 Darwin Festival will run from 6-16 August.

    If you’re from outside of the Territory and planning a Top End trip for next year, the Festival will be held from 5-22 August 2021.

When is the 2020 Festival program released?
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    The full 2020 program of events will be released on 9 July, with a selection of special events announced on 18 June.

    To be first in the know, sign up to receive our email newsletter.

How do I buy tickets?
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    When our program is launched in July 2020, our homepage will feature a collection of shows on sale. You can buy tickets online at our website or over the phone.

    Your tickets can be sent to you via email or can be left for collection at the venue on the night of your performance.

    Details about ticket office opening times and locations will be available once tickets are on sale.

    If you have any questions please contact us at hello@darwinfestival.org.au

Festival news

How can I stay in the loop?
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    Subscribe to our e-news so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll be the first to hear of exciting program reveals, competitions and news. Subscribe here.

    Like us for event news and exclusive competitions on Facebook.

    Follow us on Instagram to see behind the scenes pics, meet our artists and be inspired by all things Darwin Festival.

    Subscribe to the Darwin Festival YouTube channel to see sizzle reels and highlight videos.

    Use the #darwinfestival hashtag to tag your Instagram and Facebook posts, and tweets.

I'd like to be a Friend of the Festival

Where can I sign up and what are the benefits?
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    The 2020 Darwin Festival will be a different Festival than previous years, so we are suspending our Friends of the Festival program until things get more back to normal. We still need your support to make this 2020 Festival possible. So please get involved, buy tickets and even consider making a donation.

    If you’re keen to be our Friend in the future visit our Friends of the Festival page for the full list of benefits offered in past years.

Is my current Friends membership valid?
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    All 2019 Friends memberships expired on 30 April 2020. Any 2020 Friends memberships already purchased can be rolled over for use in 2021. Alternatively you can request a refund on the cost of your membership by contacting us at hello@darwinfestival.org.au or by phoning (08) 8943 4200.

Supporting the Festival

Can I become a partner?
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    We love to tailor partnerships that meet our partners’ business objectives and we ensure every partnership with Darwin Festival is unique! For more information visit our Partnerships page.

I’d like to donate some money to the Festival
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    Every donation is particularly important this year as we create an appropriate celebration in these unprecedented times. You can find out all you need to know about supporting us financially on our Donate page.

Getting involved

I’m an artist/performer – can I apply to be in the Festival?
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    Darwin Festival is a fully curated event, with the artistic program being the result of the Artistic Director’s vision. However, Darwin Festival is the only Australian capital city international arts festival that invites expressions of interest from local artists. To find out more, visit our Artists page.

I’m interested in working at Darwin Festival
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    Festival employment opportunities are featured on our Join the team page. Please check back for future openings.

I'd like to volunteer my services
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    We’ll certainly need volunteers for our 2020 Festival but all the details are still being finalised. Visit our Volunteers page for more information as it becomes available.

Filming and photography

I want to film/photograph an event
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    The Festival is uber-Instagrammable, it’s true, and we encourage you to share your good times with us on social media (don’t forget to tag #darwinfestival). However, due to our artists’ performance contracts, the use of video and audio recording devices are strictly prohibited at Festival events, with the exception of official Festival photographers and videographers, any approved media representatives, and those with written permission from Festival management.

    If you would like to apply for media accreditation, please contact Matt Fraser matt@originalspin.com.au. For written permission, please email hello@darwinfestival.org.au to obtain an application form (fees apply).

Will I be filmed or photographed at Festival events and venues?
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    You may be filmed or photographed by Festival staff and contractors while taking part in Festival events. Any footage or photos may be used to promote the Festival in the future.


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