Traditionally, Dry season means good times and celebrating with Darwin Festival from 6 to 16 August.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture Lauren Moss says “Every Dry, Darwin Festival lights up the city. This year, thanks to the initiative of the Darwin Festival team, the show will go on” as it enters a reimagining of engagement with its core audience – the good people of the Territory. “In normal years it is also a huge drawcard for tourists, but it will be a more locally focused event this year, meaning an even bigger showcase of local talent – and we have plenty!”
The shape, scale and scope of the 2020 Festival will be radically different. However, it promises to deliver a vibrant program of events that “gives Darwin a damn good reason to celebrate life in the Top End”, says Artistic Director Felix Preval. “Just as the first Festival brought Darwin together in the wake of Cyclone Tracy in 1979, the 2020 Festival will be a much-needed pick-me-up; a source of hope and positivity as well as a celebration of Territory strength and resilience.”
Darwin Festival’s 2020 program will include a range of accessible community activities, live and online performances and creative responses by NT artists. The 11 days of unique artistic offerings will include reimagined versions of our traditional opening weekend highlights: 14th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, National Indigenous Music Awards, 37th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Awards.
Festival Chair Ian Kew says “The Festival has always been an important platform for local artists and with the current travel restrictions this seems likely to be even more of a focus in 2020.”
Photography: Elise Derwin
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