Darwin Festival Kicks Off

Darwin Festival runs from August 6th-16th 2020 and is the first major capital city event in Australia to go ahead since COVID-19 shut the world down. The DF20 Homegrown program is a celebration of Top End talent with an array of exciting live and virtual events spanning theatre, music, comedy, cabaret, visual arts and more.


National audiences can get their fix of art and culture with the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, National Indigenous Music Awards, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (Telstra NATSIAA), and the inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards, all of which are heading online!


Lovers of classical music across Australia can also enjoy Morning Music, a free, daily offering of sublime violin and piano from renowned artist, Eric Avery, delivered online to early risers every day from 7am (Darwin time). These pieces were composed specially for Darwin Festival, and can only be enjoyed for the first hour of each day, so don’t miss out!


Another daily delight is GIF of Dance, a free, global project from choreographer Matt Cornell and dancer Kelly Beneforti. Performed, animated and sent on the same day, people nation-wide and all over the world can experience a bite-sized slice of the Territory via SMS. Sign up on the Darwin Festival website to receive a daily gif of a brand-new dance performance, shot around Darwin, for the duration of the Festival (except on Monday 10 August).


Due to the huge success of several shows selling out early, Darwin Festival unveiled extra dates to some of the DF20 Homegrown program’s hottest events and these were quickly snapped up. Just like tickets to the latest addition to the Festival line-up, Electric Fields. This Australian electronic music duo first rocked Darwin Festival audiences back in 2018 with a sold-out gig. In 2019, the pair placed second in SBS’ Eurovision: Australia Decides competition with their track, 2000 and Whatever. They will join J-MILLA, a rising-star of the hip-hop scene, for a show on Thursday 13 August at the Sunset Stage that sold out as soon as tickets were announced.


For further information visit: https://www.darwinfestival.org.au/