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Darwin's Culture Festival of First Nations' Art & Fashion
Each August, you are invited to head to Darwin, when the city comes alive for the Darwin Festival, with nearly three weeks of celebrations from 5th to 22nd of the month.

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Due to COVID-19 last year and all events being cancelled, this year, the festival is excited to welcome everyone back including local and international guests celebrating unique Australian art and culture. During the opening weekend, the First Nations' culture will be highlighted sending the message loud and clear that Darwin is the place to visit. Whether it is art, music or fashion, the festival will shine a spotlight on contemporary and ageless creativity of the First Nation people.

Kicking the Festival off on Thursday 5th August 2021, visitors will delight in an open-air event transform The Amphitheatre at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens into a meeting place of dance, song and ritual with Bungul as the opening performance.

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Buŋgul Gurrumul's Mother's Buŋgul, Gurrumul's Grandmother's Buŋgul, Gurrumul's Manikay was created on country in North East Arnhem Land with the Yunupiŋu family and is Gurrumul's final album, Djarrimirri (Child of the Rainbow). This performance will also feature Yolnu dancers, song men and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.

The following days feature a line-up of different events.

3 4 August Country to Couture Textiles & Fashion Design Showcase and National Indigenous Fashion Awards. These awards demonstrate exactly why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fashion is so sought after at present.

6 8 August Darwin Art Fair. This is where you will have the opportunity of purchasing ethically artwork direct from over seventy Indigenous-Owned Art Centres. One hundred percent of these sales are going back to the artists and his or her community.

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7 August 2021. The National Indigenous Music Awards celebrate the biggest names on the Australian Music Scene as well as discovering new talent, all in one mega night of music under the stars.

From the latter date above, the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards will leave you in awe while you absorb the beauty and creative expansion of the nation's best emerging and established artists. This work can be viewed at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory or at art galleries across the City as part of Salon Art Project' SALON 21.

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As the Darwin Festival prides itself on being a leading presenter of First Nations Arts and Culture, if you are visiting, please plan and book early so you do not miss out on any events. Early release shows will be announced in May 2021 with full details of the entire programme being announced on 18th June 2021.

Director Felix Preval advised that "Bungul" is the first announcement of a number of phenomenal works for the 2021 Darwin Festival Programme. For more information, please visit the Website where you can also sign up for up-to-date news on the Festival.

The Darwin Festival is supported by the Northern Territory Government and the City of Darwin.

Getting to Darwin is an easy three-to-four-hour flight from most Australian Capital Cities with many international routes from Asia coming into the City each day.
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Why? First Nations' Cultural Event & Festival
When: 5th to 22nd August 2021
Phone: 08 8943 4200
Where: 8 McMinn St Darwin & Across Darwin
Cost: Free Events/Some Costs
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