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Yum Cha Arts and Brown's Mart Theatre are turning up the flavour with the inaugural RICE cultural festival.

This free family event showcases and celebrates Darwin’s Thai, Chinese and Nepalese communities. With food, music and entertainment, RICE is a delight for all the senses.

“Yum Cha Arts is about establishing relationships and I’ve worked closely with these three Asian communities over the last few years. It’s important the work isn’t short-term – this is about ongoing engagement between the local arts and Asian communities. We want these community groups to feel at home in Brown’s Mart, to feel connected to the space, and to see it as a place where they can tell their own stories,” said Yum Cha Arts Producer Fiona Carter.

“We're also about linking artists with the Asian communities. RICE has given us the opportunity to connect experienced artists with younger artists, which is really important in growing new relationships.” 

Celebrations kick off on Friday afternoon with NT News Live on Fridays, as you feast your tastebuds on some delicious Asian dishes. Saturday presents a full day of fun for the fam with come-and-try circus workshops, art and crafts, performances and even more tasty Asian food – fist pump! 

You can also catch two very special performances in Brown’s Mart Theatre tying together elements of story-telling, circus and film, where Chinese, Nepalese and Thai locals ake to the stage to share traditional cultural stories and tales of migration and life in Darwin. There is also an Artist Talk, Q&A and Thai documentary on Friday evening.

So come along and celebrate  Darwin’s rich cultural diversity with RICE – it’ll be nice!

See the event listing.

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