Commissioning Circle

Assist us in our vision to bring new Australian performing arts productions to life and see Territory stars shine bright on local and national stages.

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In 2019, Darwin Festival launched a new initiative to directly support the development of quality, large-scale Australian works destined for national and international stages.

Darwin Festival co-invests in theatrical works of scale alongside other Australian major capital city festivals. This development network is a vital channel to support Territory artists and enables us to put forward new Northern Territory works for co-investment by fellow major festivals.

Darwin Festival has invested in Territory works that have gone on to success, including the Tiwi Islands retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui (2010), the critically acclaimed The Shadow King (2014) and Man With The Iron Neck (2019) which explored the cross-generational impact of indigenous youth suicide.

Unfortunately our 2020 commission Buŋgul will not be able to go ahead as planned, but we look forward to presenting it at the 2021 Festival.


As a member of the Darwin Festival Commissioning Circle you will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about supporting the Northern Territory arts sector. Members will be invited to the opening nights of commissioned Darwin Festival works, exclusive meet and greets with the creative minds behind the productions and intimate gatherings throughout the year. As a member of the circle we will stay connected with you and share the progress of current Darwin Festival commissioned projects.

Members of the Commissioning Circle make an annual investment of $1,000 or more which directly contributes to the co-commission of new works.

Darwin Festival would like to thank our Commissioning Circle founding members for their support

Ian & Jill Kew
Jeff & Marilyn Pinkerton
Paul & Susan Walsh
Bill & Lata Moss
Lawrence & Lynne Walker

For more information, please contact Development Manager Kay Crozier

All donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Gifts of $500 and above are recognised on Darwin Festival’s website.


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