An introduction to the region’s art, music, theatre and films is the best way to learn about the culture of Darwin and its surrounds.
Darwin’s galleries are perfect to get acquainted with Aboriginal art and artists from around the region. Begin with the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory before visiting locally owned and run indigenous art galleries. Take a tour of the Tiwi Islands’ art centers and galleries to see the paintings, carvings and ceramics the islands are famous for.
Join to celebrate indigenous art and culture at one of the region’s art fairs or festivals such as Milimika Festival on the Tiwi Islands a festival of art, dance, music and football.
You can meet locals observe traditional dance and hear Dreamtime stories and songs about the creation and first inhabitants of the islands.
Treading the Boards in Darwin
Watch Territory stories unfold with the Darwin Theatre Company’s range of new work and contemporary adaptations of old favorites.
Music in Darwin
A highlight of the entertainment calendar is the annual Darwin Festival, 18 days packed with local and international artists in pop up venues under the stars. Wide Open Space Festival in May is infused with extraordinary characters and a mix of live bands, electronic, hip hop and superstar DJs and the annual Bass in the Grass festival in Darwin.
Music Around the Territory
From May to October join in as NT celebrates its endless summer. Time your visit to include one or more of the signature festivals such as the Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek, Barunga Festival in Katherine, Kakadu’s Mahbilil Festival, and Blacken heavy metal music festival in Alice Springs.
Choose a balmy night between April and November and head to the Darwin Waterfront to see a movie under the stars at Deckchair Cinema.
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