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Friday 19 March 2021

Hot August nights come to the Northern Territory for the Darwin Festival

Looking for an excuse to visit Darwin?

The city comes alive each August when Darwin Festival is held. 

Running from August 5-22 this year, the annual celebration of Australian art and culture will span 18 hot August nights.

The opening weekend will highlight Darwin's role in First Nations culture, including art, music or fashion. 

The festival kicks off on Thursday, August 5 with a free, open-air event at The Amphitheatre at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. 

From August 6-8, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair offers a chance to ethically purchase artwork direct from over 70 Indigenous-owned Art Centres, with 100% of all sales made going back to the artists and their communities.

Music lovers won’t want to miss the National Indigenous Music Awards on August 7. 

Festival CEO James Gough says: “It is a privilege to highlight the breadth and depth of First Nations cultural events in the NT. Darwin is set to come alive this August as the beating heart of First Nations culture in Australia and we are proud to amplify these associated events as part of the 2021 Darwin Festival program.

‘Darwin Festival prides itself on being a leading presenter of First Nations arts and culture. We are committed to supporting First Nations’ voices and artists. It is central to identity of the Festival.”

Early release shows will be announced early May, with full program details announced on June 18. 


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