The 2018 Darwin Festival is set to wow attendees with 18 jam packed days of music, theatre and art that celebrate the best of local and international talent. A whopping 113 events will take place between Thursday 9 August and Sunday 26 August during Darwin’s popular dry season. With more than half of artists being Northern Territory locals, the celebration is sure to reflect the unique perspective of the land.
Music will be in abundance with free events, sold-out shows and music awards being just some of what’s on offer. The festival will open with a free night of music with the Santos Opening Night Concert. Local talent Baker Boy and David Spry are two of the festival’s anticipated acts with the Stiff Gins representing the best of indigenous talent. Performance of the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack in a nostalgic 90s ball-rock show will be one to look forward to.
A number of theatrical works are promised with a fascinating and moving dialogue showcased in Letters to Lindy that explores Lindy Chamberlain’s story with Chamberlain herself appearing for a Q&A session. Disability and deafness will be explored in Personal whilst the participatory work The Talk will delve into family dynamics. Since Ali Died will examine the human condition and the dark realities of Australian culture through poems, song and storytelling.
There are plenty of events for families to enjoy from The Listies Make You Lol to the much-loved City of Darwin’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic morning that will feature a jungle theme and a selection of shows, stalls and entertainment.
Well known for love of comedy, the Darwin Festival will offer an array of comedic powerhouses including some of Australia’s best – internationally acclaimed Joel Creasey and feminist funny lady Zoe Coombs Marr.
Dance, film, classical music, cabaret, circus and visual arts will also be represented throughout the festival in events that promise accomplished musicians, provocative ideas and world class exhibitions. Favourites include the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Symphony Orchestra and performances from the Australian Dance Theatre and Tracks Dance Company.
Tickets are on sale now and some events are set to sell out so it’s best to get in early!