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Top 10 picks at Darwin Festival’s 40th Anniversary celebrations

Winter in Darwin averages anywhere between 21.6– 31.8°C maintaining 60-65% humidity thanks to its tropical dry and wet seasons.   It explains why it is one of the popular destinations for domestic travel.   “In 2018, one in five of the 105,000 attendees originated from interstate or overseas.” says Darwin Festival Chair, Ian Kew.  Woking closely with Tourism NT, their focus will be in re-enforcing the city and its annual festival as a destination for its interstate neighbours, describing it as “NT’s best-kept secret”. 

This year’s annual Darwin Festival (Thursday 8 – Sunday 25 August) marks its 40th Anniversary.  A longstanding tradition that was born from the Christmas morning destruction left behind by Category 4 Cyclone Tracy in 1977 that brought the community together to inspire, reflect on those lost and continue the rebuild.  68 were killed, while 25,000 were left homeless.

18 hot August nights sees an extrodinary run of cabaret, theatre, comedy, dance, visual arts, words and ideas, music and family fun:

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Highlights of Bondi Feast: 9-20 July (Tuesday to Saturday Nights)

More than 150 performers descend upon Bondi as The Pavilion and its surrounds explodes into a vibrant showcase of theatrics, cabaret, music, comedy, circus acts and interactive experiences.   Over 40 shows and events constitute the rich tapestry of entertainment for all to enjoy featuring talent from across Australia with a debut performance from a New Zealand act. 

An extended festival garden will feature new and expanded performance spaces, free roving performances, food trucks and warming beverages.   Beyond the walls of the Pavilion festivalgoers can explore Bondi with Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour or take in How to be Happy a theatre show/stadium pop concert on the back of a truck. 

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Parramasala: Many Cultures, One Sydney – March 15 to 17

unnamed (1)Prepare to run free in a rich playground of cultural wonder, as Parramasala returns to Parramatta from 15 – 17 March 2019. The Festival promises to take things to the next level with the biggest celebration of Sydney’s vibrant cross-section of cultures yet: from South American to Middle Eastern, Indigenous Australian to South East Asian, and everything in between.   Crowds will also enjoy the breathtaking Opening Night Parade; the inaugural Long Table Sunday Brunch, a shared multicultural and interfaith feast for all members of the community; and the World Food Market, offering a culinary passport to a mouth-watering array of delectable delights, from Indian to Greek, Singaporean to Nepalese, featuring a special airline ticket giveaway competition courtesy of Singapore Airlines.

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In search of the next rush, it’s Parramatta where we caught a preview of what’s in store for this year’s Parramasala Festival! A celebration of the multicultural fabric of the city, over 30 cultures will be celebrated in a spicy mix of parade, parties, exotic bazaar, food stalls, music dance, poetry, art, street performers and the annual cricket match hosted by Twenty20. . . MANY CULTURES, ONE SYDNEY! Parramasala returns March 15 to March 17 with the city’s diverse social fabric on show in a celebration of richness and community 9am to 11pm! . . Mark it in your calendars! . . #cityofparramatta #parramasala #twenty20 #cricket #jaylenton #discoverparramatta #visitparramatta #nswpol #auspol #westernsydney #parramatta #sydney #sydneylife #dance #music #sydneymardigras #sydneyfestival #carnivaleecstasy #flamenco #haratanatyam #tribalfusion #latina #Mediterraneanculture #southeastasian #dancelife #drumcircles #parramattaeats #fcba #dindinsvideo #party

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Every year, the massive three-day extravaganza sees over 35,000 Sydneysiders converging on the streets, laneways and parklands of Parramatta. The city will transform into a cornucopia of awe-inspiring experiences, including cutting-edge live music, vivid dance and theatre, a breathtaking parade of splendid colour, spectacular costumes, and beating rhythms.

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Bass in the Grass, Darwin (Listen Now)

Hip hop royalty and Northern Australian favourites Hilltop Hoods are joined by a stellar line up of Australian and New Zealand artists for People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS 2019.  Celebrating its 17th year,  over twenty artists will rock across two stages at its new location at Mindil Beach!   Adding to that top end flavour will be local artists and the winner of Battle of the School Bands providing non-stop entertainment for 12 straight hours!

“BASSINTHEGRASS is always a highlight of our touring schedule, it’s one of the reasons we keep coming back to Darwin and we can’t wait to check out the new Mindil Beach venue,”  says Suffa of headlining act, Hilltop Hoods who recently released their new album, The Great Expanse.

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Lost Paradise: The 4 Day NYE Festival

Lost Paradise Images.006It’s described as a mind-blowing immersive festival experience, held over four days and culminating in one epic New Year’s Eve celebration.

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Final Call for Entries into TropFest 2019

IT’S TIME TO TELL YOUR STORY: 
A final call out for entries into Tropfest Australia and Trop JR (for filmakers under 15) reminding budding filmakers that the submissions to enter will close Friday 4 January 2019. Continue reading Final Call for Entries into TropFest 2019

‘Australia’s Hollywood Takeover’ at Moonlight Cinemas

A blockbuster program has been announced for December and January as National Australia Bank presents a national outdoor movie takeover with Moonlight Cinema.

Recline, unwind and take in that fresh air with big screens being set up right under the stars at inner city parkland sites across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

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A blockbuster program has been announced for December and January as National Australia Bank presents a national outdoor movie takeover with Moonlight Cinema.

Recline, unwind and take in that fresh air with big screens being set up right under the stars at inner city parkland sites across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

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