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Find your groove at Darwin's premier dry season festival
For those living in Darwin, late April brings great excitement. The weather is starting to cool and there will hopefully be a hint of cool dry season breezes coming in off the water. It is also when anticipation of dry season activities begin and excitement builds about the wealth of possibilities for fun and frivolity. Wonderful evenings on the beach will abound, until once again the humidity rises and all and sundry escape back into the relief that is air conditioning.
One of those events, which is eagerly anticipated, is the Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival. Held on the Nightcliff Foreshore, Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff and in and around Nightcliff from Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 May 2018, this will be 15 days of activities ranging from shows to walks, pop up events, environmental discussion and sideshows. This is a premier way to commence the amazing Darwin dry season.
Seabreeze Sideshows is an array of activities, workshops and intimate gigs held in and around Nightcliff that will build the excitement right through to the premier event of the festival, A Day on the Foreshore.
Seabreeze Sideshows will include the Jetty Art Space. This is an opportunity for artists to display their artworks in and around the stunning Nightcliff Jetty. Artworks for display must be registered online by before 7 May 2018 or will not be accepted for display. All artworks will be considered for the Community Choice prize of $3,000.
If you would like to learn a new craft, the Aralia Street Line-Up will be hosting craft workshops on Sunday 6 and Tuesday 8 May 2018. For $49, you can learn jewellery or card making, devonshire tea or burger making. If weaving is more your thing, learn how to create your own woven CD or maybe help with the Seabreeze Hula Hoop Display on Saturday 12 May 2018, at The Artful Room, Aralia Street, Nightcliff. Bookings for all activities are essential.
Photo: Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
Take a free environmental walk on Friday 11 May 2018 and learn a little about the beauty and fascinations of life in and around Nightcliff. Thursday 10 May 2018 will be the Dana Lyons House Party at Tinapples, 194 Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff. Enjoy the concert and sunset at Anja and Jack's house from 6 pm. Entry is by suggested donation of $15 -$25.
The big day is A Day on The Foreshore on Saturday 12 May 2018. From 8.30 am to 11.30 am, there is the Sand Sculpture Competition. Get the sand between your toes (and everywhere else) and get creating monsters and mermaids on the beach. Located at Nightcliff main beach, opposite Walker Street, the lowest tide will be at 9 am. Hint: Keep your eyes out for Mermaids in the trees. Judging will commence at 11 am, with winners announced at the Foreshore Cafe.
Sand Sculpture Competition. Photo: Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
From 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, join Aly de Groot as she weaves a tragic tale of sea-life in the plastic age and shares her love for weaving. Find Aly under the trees near the Sand Sculpture beach and create your very own mermaid.
Join The Ripple Effect from 11.30 am onwards and discussion everything environmental with great speakers including local professors, scientists and experts. Topics include living with urban wildlife, living a plastic-free life, bio-fuel possibilities for the NT and natural cleaning in the home.
The Ripple Effect 2017. Photo: Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
Jump into an interactive workshop at the Street Art Space from 12 pm to 4 pm or maybe the Interactive Fun Space or Public Art Space will be your thing. Or why not join the Community Village from 1 pm to sunset for community stalls, performers, workshops, arts, crafts and environmental activities.
From 1 pm, kick back and enjoy great tunes at the Indi Stage @ The Foreshore Cafe with Ellie Grover, Katy Jane Fishlock, Emma Rowe, Mark Gray Band, Megan Jane Ashley, Adam Scriven and Daniel Townsend.
Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival 2016. Photo: Nightciff Seabreeze Festival
At 2 pm, head over to the City of Darwin Seabreeze Dance Stage next to the Nightcliff Pool for a range of cultural dance performances along with schools and dance academies or if music is more to your delight, the Historic Seabreeze Hotel Music Stage or Banyan Tree Music Stage will be lots of fun. From 4 pm head to the Stringbreeze Sessions for more classical fare as the sun begins its descent.
If after all that you have energy to spare, join the After Party at the Nightcliff Sports Club from 10.30 pm featuring Drag Territory, Dana Lyons and the Jigsaw Jamboree and DiiZi – Ziggy Durling – DJ. Check the website closer to the day for entry fees.
Community Art Space 2017. Photo: Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
Saturday 12 May 2018 will see new road restrictions will be in place this year to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing. However, there is no need to take the car with free bus travel available. All public buses will be free for those travelling to and from the festival. Head to the website to print the flyer and your free bus token. The Tour Tub will also be providing a shuttle service around Nightcliff with stops along Aralia Street and the Nightcliff Foreshore.
All around the site, there will be food, drink and craft stalls and along with the environmental nature of the festival, all food and drink is sold in biodegradable packaging with bio utensils. In partnership with Living Water Smart, the festival is encouraging you to bring your own bottled water to eliminate waste and why not download your festival program onto your portable device to save paper. A big plus and step towards a more sustainable environment!
Festival Week brings to Nightcliff more than 1000 performers and 100 performances and is truly the one stop shop for local arts, music and culture. This has been a premier event for Darwin for more than 10 years, with up to 15,000 people enjoying a range of entertainment and activities.
The Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival has something for everyone regardless of age or interest. For further information and the full program, please visit the website or head to the Facebook page to find out about other pop up activities happening at the festival.