Darwin Festival, the Northern Territory capital’s annual exhibition of comedy, dance, music, theatre and more, has just revealed what’s on the cards for Darwin Festival 2015 this August. If you’re not lucky enough to already be living in the Darwin area, a road trip up from Brisbane is the perfect adventure to lead into two and a half weeks of culture, performance and top notch entertainment. To get an idea of what that trip would entail, take a glance at our Outback Adventure article - the specific deal doesn’t apply, but the route and travel tips will give you a taste of what you can see and do along the way.
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Adam Giles was present for the launch of the festival program yesterday and touted the variety and cultural value of the festival. “The Festival program boasts 160 events including outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts. As well as supporting local artists, the Darwin Festival celebrates our connections with our Asian neighbours,” Chief Minister Giles said.
Darwin Festival is the sort of event that caters to every taste, a fact highlighted by Arts Minister Gary Higgins, ““From country to jazz and classical, theatre to art exhibitions, locals, national and international performers – as always there is something for everyone.”
The fest has a heritage stretching back more than 35 years, with its roots in 1974’s catastrophic Cyclone Tracy which tore through the state capital, leaving behind a slew of dead and homeless. Far from giving in to tragedy, the residents of Darwin pulled together and bounced back, and in 1978 the city’s first Bougainvillea Festival was launched, in a celebration of the rebuilding effort and the endless optimism which drove it. Decades later, despite a name change and a minor shift in focus, the Darwin Festival is still a bastion of artistic innovation and optimism.
If you’re curious to find out more about what the festival program has in store for you this year, check out the Darwin Festival website for all the details on the many different acts and events - plus information on how to book.
Although there’s plenty going on in Darwin to hold your attention over the 18 days (6-23 August) of the fest, if you’re hunting for a little variety in your trip you could do far worse than investigating one or two of the national parks that lie near Darwin. If you haven’t already picked up a motorhome in Brisbane, consider a Darwin campervan hire - most of the parks in the area allow campervanning, and it’s the quickest and easiest way to get to your destination and start enjoying the beauty of Northern Territory’s wilderness. Litchfield National Park is one of the easiest nature destinations to get to from Darwin, with its hour and a half travel distance and sealed roads right into the park. On the other hand, if you’re willing to travel about 20 minutes longer in the other direction, Kakadu National Park is famous worldwide for its ancient rock carvings, numerous beautiful walking tracks and strikingly diverse environment.
You won’t be the only one wanting to take in the colourful sights and experiences of Darwin Festival 2015 however, so make sure to book early to avoid missing out. With the program now released, you can now head over to the Darwin Festival site and start figuring out which acts and attractions will feature in your winter cultural road trip!
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