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Darwin Festival

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Open Hours: 10-27 August 2017

Darwin Festival is an 18-day celebration of music, theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret, comedy and more in the beautiful tropical city of Darwin. Enjoy the festive atmosphere, delicious food and drink stalls, and performances at the heart of the arts - Festival Park - and various venues across Darwin, as the Festival activates the city every August.

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10-27 August 2017
Various locations across Darwin
darwinfestival.org.au
Tickets at 08 8943 4222

PROGRAM RELEASED & ON SALE FROM JUNE 2017

Darwin’s annual arts festival is like no other in Australia. Defined by the North’s Indigenous cultures and proximity to South East Asia it is an arts festival as unique as the city itself.

Darwin Festival combines the local love of outdoor community festivities and dining with an adventurous program of Australian and international performances and exhibitions. Here Indigenous artists and artists from Darwin’s Asian and Pacific neighbours take centre stage. Music, theatre, exhibitions, concerts, ideas and the irrepressible Festival Lounge along with the ubiquitous bamboo food stalls, pop-up bars and the Festival’s own tropical open-air big top The Lighthouse transform the city for the last precious weeks of every dry season. Festival goers can be seen for 18 nights each August at the long communal tables in the festooned Festival Park eating Darwin’s legendary multicultural food and arguing about who has seen the most shows.

A festival that started nearly half a century ago with a parade of floats down the main street has grown along with the city. Nowadays the Festival boasts top international acts from the popular to the avant-garde and from the family-friendly to the confronting, but it hasn’t lost its quintessential Darwin feeling of a relaxed, friendly, community celebration.

Darwin is a city full of unheralded wonders and surprises, and the time to encounter those wonders and to be surprised by this intriguing and welcoming tropical city is when it comes out onto the streets and makes an arts and cultural festival like no other.

See the program at darwinfestival.org.au when it's released June 2017

You can also find Darwin Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Facebook: facebook.com/darwinfestival
Twitter: @darwinfestival
Instagram: @darwinfestival

Map & Directions

Frogshollow Centre for the Arts, 56 McMinn Street, Darwin NT 0800

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