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Darwin Festival

18 days and nights of Festival fun is coming your way.

This month’s Darwin Festival sees a hot line-up of cabaret, comedy and music, plus some of Australia’s best theatre coming to town. There’s panel chats to fire up your imagination, artist talks, architectural tours, a stunning array of visual art, and interactive performances to get you up and in the action.  

Kicking off with the Santos Opening Night Concert, settle in for an evening under the stars on Little Mindil Lawns with Aussie rock legends You Am I and local favourites B2M. Civic Park once again transforms into a fairy-lit wonderland with the iconic Big Top under the stars, The Lighthouse, in Festival Park. Bring your family, meet up with friends or even make some new ones as you get your fill of food from around the world at one of the many food stalls. Don't forget to check out The Aurora Spiegeltent, just a short stroll along the glittering path to Parliament Lawn where the scintillating BLANC de BLANC awaits.

Across town at the beloved Railway Club, the Festival has selected a fantastic line-up of Australian music acts to perform intimate gigs every Friday and Saturday night. Singer-songwriter Ali Barter kicks things off on the opening weekend with her delicate, harmonic folk rock, laden with attitude. She’s followed over the weeks by Cambodian Space Project, Robbie Miller, Woodlock and Tijuana Cartel, with a different local support act featured each night. 

For a thrilling performance of a different kind, you don’t need to step inside a venue. In the unassuming streets of Darwin’s CBD, circus-makers perform daredevil acts on whatever takes their fancy in Bodies Over Bitumen. This ticketed show asks audience members to meet at the Mitchell Centre before taking a tour through the streets to watch amazing feats performed on the poles and bitumen around them.

Keen for some Festival after-partying? Check out the pulsing Club Awi, open late on Fridays and Saturday nights at Happy Yess with local and visiting DJs to ease you into the wee hours. 

Darwin Festival is stringing up the lights so you can let your hair down this August!

Thu 10 – Sun 27 Aug | darwinfestival.org.au

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