Left your wallet at home, free event at Darwin Festival
Darwin Festival runs from 10 to 27 August 2017. From circus acts to opera, cabaret and family events there is something for everyone.
Darwin Festival 2017
Santos Opening Night Concert will start the celebrations on Thursday 10 August from 6.30pm. Held at Little Mindil, this free family event will have an awesome line-up including B2M from Tiwi Island and You Am I.
At the Rimfire Energy Bamboo Bandstand Civic Park, there will be free gig with local musicians from 6.30pm until 8pm every night during the festival, except Mondays. At this festival park, you can also find some food vendors. Visit Coopers Garden for a drink or two!
Darwin Laptop Orchestra (DLOrk) is another free music event. DLOrk is offering a workshop for people interested in collaboratively creating musical instruments, composing music and performing live – all on a laptop. No computer or music experience is necessary, just bring a sense of adventure and a love of trying something different on Saturday 19 August starting 12.30pm at Happy Yess.
Annie Moors with her "Transforming the Lighthouse" will change the most iconic tropical Big Top at Civic Park into a whole new artwork. Visit this festival park on Thursday 10, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August from 8.30am until 12pm and watch Annie and mentor, local artist David Collins in action.
There are also more free visual arts events that you can enjoy, such as Yirringinkiri Pwoja, Before the Clearing (Vor Der Sauberung), Black and White, Open Cut, Etan Pavavalung, Salon17, Karridjowkke Kunronj – Crossing Streams, The Termite Mound Project, Behind the Wire, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Into the Water, Papunya Tula Artists: A Survey, Headshot, 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and Arts Educators of NT. For more details on these free art visual programs, please visit Darwin Festival website darwinfestival.org.au.
For dance lovers, there will be "Dance Darwin Dance" on Friday 11 (starting 5.45pm), Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August (starting 5.30pm).
[ZØGMA], Canadian dance phenomenon and his CUBE will be taking contemporary dance out of the theatre and onto the streets. You can discover a brand-new playground for percussive dance in unexpected locations around Darwin. To find out more about this free dancing opportunity, please go to Darwin Festival website darwinfestival.org.au.
On Wednesday 16 August, NT Library will host Rocksitting at NT Library. This free event will start at 5.30 pm. The fine Darwin tradition of rocksitting began when a group of journalists gathered at East Point Reserve to spin a few yarns and watch the brilliant sunset over the Timor Sea as the tide slowly rose. As part of Darwin artist Sarah Pirrie's Creative Residency with the Northern Territory Library, this speculative practice will be recreated on the library grounds. Sarah has created portable rocksitting place mats – perfect for communing with fellow rocksitters about life in the Top End – and she's inviting you to join in.
For the little ones, they will enjoy Teddy Bears' Picnic, Number Please!, and emBARK! Bring your furry friends to Darwin Cenotaph The Esplanade on Sunday 13 August starting at 9am up to 12pm for Teddy Bears' Picnic. emBARK! will be on Darwin Festival from Tuesday 22 until Thursday 24 August starting at 5.30 pm. Come to Civic Park for these three action-packed evenings that will bring your youngest budding artists to have a world of play and participation created just for them. Number Please! will bring the latest in telephony straight from the late 19th century to every curious child. This event will be held at Civic Park from Tuesday 22 August until Thursday 24 August.