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Darwin Festival – Early Release

Darwin Festival is still a few months away, but the team have released a sneak peek into what’s in store this year. There’s comedy, ballet and a boxing story-telling theatre experience, plus the return of The Aurora Spiegeltent. 

Home-grown hip-hop legend Baker Boy will bring his full show to  Darwin after a hugely successful year around the country.

“It feels so amazing to know that I will have my feet firmly planted back on my home ground after running around in this concrete jungle world that's become my life,” he says.

“I can't wait to see all my family and friends and just marryuna with all the mob”.

Baker Boy says there’s a lot planned in the next three months before his DFest show, hinting there’s more in store for Top End fans.

“I'm releasing more music and announcing a second national and lots of secret things I'm not allowed to talk about – there's more good news on the way for Darwin,” he says.

The much-loved Aurora Spiegeltent will be home to LIMBO, an intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics from the creators of last year’s sell-out show BLANC de BLANC. See the skills of a sword swallower, aerial artists and contortionists under the glittering roof of the pop-up cabaret hall.

Engrossing storytelling meets the visceral thrill of live boxing in a tough and unforgiving theatrical experience in Prize Fighter. Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his story.

For the first time, the Santos Opening Night Concert is set for a full theatrical stage show at The Amphitheatre, as the hidden story of Aboriginal country music comes to life under the stars in Buried Country Live in Concert.

For dance lovers, The Australian Ballet will perform their charming comedy Coppélia and those looking for an added laugh can check out comedian Urzila Carlson’s show Studies Have Shown.

Grab tickets when they go on sale on May 3, and keep your eyes out for the full program, to be released on June 21.

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