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Each August, the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair showcases the work of emerging and established artists from more than 60 Indigenous Art Centres from across Australia. These Art Centres collectively represent more than 2,000 Aboriginal artists. The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is the most prestigeous event of its kind. DAAF has secured a reputation as one of the country’s most significant and internationally recognised arts events. DAAF showcases a spectacular diversity of artwork and provides visitors with a genuine opportunity to meet Indigenous artists, performers, and art workers who have travelled to Darwin from some of the most remote regions of Australia. DAAF is a three day event that provides opportunities to connect both new and seasoned audiences with a range of styles and media, including paintings on canvas, bark paintings, works on paper (including limited edition prints), sculpture, didgeridoos, fibre art and cultural regalia direct from the art centres. DAAF also provides a range of interactive experiences and education through a strong public program consisting of presentations, workshops and traditional dancing. The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is owned and operated by a membership of Indigenous Art Centres. The mission of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) is to encourage the production of Aboriginal arts and assist with its promotion in an ethical business environment. DAAF is committed to professional development opportunities for artists and Arts Workers, and to continually contribute to the cultural aspirations of the Art Centres.

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56 McMinn Street Darwin NT 0800

Phone 0413900785


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Special Events

10th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, -5-7th August 2016, Darwin Convention Centre (Free Entry) DAAF Panel Discussion "What is Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art?", 5th August at the Darwin Convention Centre at 8.30am ($15) "From Country to Couture - DAAF Fashion Show", 5th August at the Darwin Convention Centre at 8.00pm ($45) "DAAF Film Festival", 10-12th August, Darwins Deckchair Cinema

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12 Things to Do in Northern Territory, Australia

The Top End is raw natural beauty combined with adventure, spectacular wildlife and serenity. From Katherine to Arnhem Land, this region takes us back to a simpler time. The stillness of Katherine Gorge, mesmeric art etched onto rocks and caves, wildlife in its natural form and so much more make the Top End a distinctive holiday destination in Australia.

  1. Book Tours & Attractions
  2. The Northern Territory is an exciting place steeped in history. There are several things to do here on holiday like going for boat cruises, World War II tours and Darwin Harbour cruises. You can also visit the Darwin Military Museum, Crocosaurus Cove or Alice Springs Desert Park.

  3. Attractions
  4. The Northern Territory, Australia’s outback is known for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, and the Tiwi Islands. The rich historical background, tropical weather and massive natural harbour make the Top End a great holiday destination.

  5. World Class Fishing
  6. The calm waters and abundant Barra is calling you! Grab your fishing buddies and spend a day on a boat enjoying the breeze and catching the biggest fish of your life.

  7. Art & Culture
  8. Culture is everywhere in the Northern Territory. From Arnhem Land to Darwin and from Kakadu National Park to Katherine, the culture, history and art is astounding, and one can spend weeks soaking it all in.

  9. World War II Tourism
  10. During WWII, Darwin was raided 64 times from air by Japan giving it a bloody past and a permanent place in World history. As part of the World War II tours, you can visit East Point Military Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park, WWII Oil Storage Tunnels, Australian Aviation Heritage Museum, USS Peary Memorial/USAAF Memorial, Adelaide River War Cemetery and many more historically significant places.

  11. Markets
  12. The Top End markets held throughout the year are hugely popular with locals and tourists. Here, you can feast on diverse cuisines made using locally sourced products, purchase handcrafted products like crocodile wallets, sway to the local music and enjoy sunsets with the locals.

  13. Birdwatching
  14. The monsoon forests, savannah woodlands and abundance of wetlands make this region densely populated with birds like Orange-footed Scrubfowls, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Gouldian Finch, Hooded Parrot and many more. From amateur to avid bird watchers, a bird watching tour is sure to be exciting and informative.

  15. Festivals
  16. The vibrant atmosphere in Darwin makes it the perfect place to organise festivals and events. The festivals here are related to music, the community, sports, arts and culture, and more.

  17. Shopping
  18. Given that the Top End is the native place of the Aboriginals, it is the place to purchase some Aboriginal artefacts. You can also buy beautiful prints of the region, handcrafted wares, crocodile skin products, and much more.

  19. Dining & Entertainment
  20. The local food in the Top End is delicious with a unique twist. Enjoy sundowners and meals at the beach in Darwin or hop off to the hottest parties and lounges. The city is bursting with energy. If you choose to be in the National Parks, it is much more serene. Here, you can relax and feast on meals with a local flavour.

  21. Fun for Kids
  22. The Top End with its beautiful beaches, wilderness tours and adventure parks makes it the perfect place for a family holiday in Australia. The kids are sure to love the natural beauty and entertainment centres.

  23. Golf Courses
  24. The tropical landscape of the region houses 13 fantastic golf courses that are excellent for amateurs and professionals alike.

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