EntertainmentEventsJuly - December 2016

Darwin Festival 2016

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The 2016 Darwin Festival presents 18 exhilarating days and tropical nights brimming with exceptional experiences for all ages. From theatre, art, dance and family fun to concerts, cabaret, comedy and cultural wonders, there is certainly something for you this august!
There are some big names and diverse musical journeys to be had at this year’s Festival. Not to be missed is the free Santos Opening Night Concert starring Sarah Blasko and Nabarlek, three stunning recitals featuring world-renowned musician Tamara- Anna Cislowska, and legendary Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett performing with The Alter Egos on his first ever solo tour. The Lighthouse is the place to see killer Melbourne indie group City Calm Down, hard rock sister band Stonefield and Broome singer-songwriter Stephen Pigram, plus don’t miss To The Mountains, an inspiring collaboration between Territory favourites B2M and Timorese troubadour, Ego Lemos. The Festival Lounge returns to Darwin Railway Club with an adventurous program of eclectic sounds and spontaneous jam sessions, while partygoers have a new home this year with the introduction of Club Awi at Happy Yess.

Diverse experiences are certainly at the heart of this year’s program and there is much to challenge, provoke and inspire. Gobyerno invites you to take an illuminating look at our society, the way we govern it and how you might change it, while compelling and confronting Irish theatre work Lippy will be quite simply “like nothing else you’ll see” (Irish Times). Medium kicks off its global tour with world-renowned dancer Rianto, who will have you enthralled with his spectacular physical feats and contemporary style. Distinctly Territorian work Broken, by local playwright Mary Anne Butler, makes a return to Brown’s Mart Theatre after its stellar sold out season last year, and just across the way at Happy Yess you can catch spoken word artist Polarbear in Second City Stories.

Festival time is the perfect chance to squeeze in some quality family time. Check out part play, part picture book, You and Me and the Space Between, a magical story of a young girl and her adventures, or discover the craft of storytelling with master ‘maker-upper’ Polarbear in Mouth Open, Story Jump Out; witness life-sized Ants doing their thing in Festival Park and, as kids love to party, there’s also a special free mini festival for mini people called emBARK!. Finally, it’s time to get Ted dressed and ready to party with the People’s Choice Teddy Bear’s Picnic – a family Festival favourite.

A stellar line up of comedians promises plenty of Festival funniness with Peter Helliar, Anne Edmonds, Steve Hughes, Aamer Rahman and Amy Hetherington, and if you’ve ever dreamt of being on a gameshow, Miss Behave’s Gameshow is a must-see – just make sure you bring-briiiing your smart phone for some hilarious interactive fun. Festival favourites Finucane & Smith will transform The Lighthouse into an extravagantly feathered world with their new show The Birds, guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers, while Festival darling and cabaret queen Yana Alana returns with all-female band The Paranas in Covered – this time she’s baring her soul and not her derrière! In Calypso Nights we welcome the lovable and outlandish Juan Vesuvius to Darwin for the first time; his maraca-wielding absurdity will have you delving into the word of Caribbean music and dancing in the aisles. So much fun to be had!

Like all good things the 2016 Darwin Festival must come to an end. But don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened – and party! In a Festival first, #dfest16 ends with the mother of all parties in The WRAP – The Wicked Random Arts Party. Enter a world of wonder and embark on a journey of entertainment from early evening til late into the night at Festival Park. This special event includes an impressive line-up of performances from Client Liaison, Slum Sociable, Alimango, Véronique Serret, Aviva Endean, Polyglot Theatre and much more. See out the Festival with a bang and WRAP it up in true Festival style.

So get festivus with the rest of us and enjoy the adventure that is the 2016 Darwin Festival!
Darwin Festival 4-21 August Tickets available at darwinfestival.org.au or phone 08 8943 4222


Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos Sun 7 Aug, 7pm | The Amphitheatre | Tix from $68

Tamara-Anna Cislowska performs Wed 17 Aug, 6.30pm | Fri 19 Aug, 8pm, Sun 21 Aug, 5pm | Darwin Entertainment Centre | Tix from $33.15

Lippy Fri 5 & Sat 6 Aug, 7.30pm | Sun 7 Aug, 2pm | Darwin Entertainment Centre | Tix from $45.90

Gobyerno Tue 16 – Fri 19 Aug, 6pm | Brown’s Mart Theatre | Tix from $25.50

You and Me and the Space Between Thu 11 – Sun 14 Aug | Fri & Sat, 12pm | Thu, Sat & Sun, 5.30pm | Darwin Entertainment Centre | Tix from $34
The Birds Wed 10 – Sat 13 Aug | Wed–Fri, 7pm | Thu & Sat, 8.45pm | The Lighthouse |
Tix from $35.70

The WRAP Sat 20 Aug, 5pm | Festival Park | Tix from $59.50

Medium Fri 5 Aug, 6pm | Sat 6 Aug, 2pm & 6pm | Sun 7 Aug, 5pm | Brown’s Mart Theatre |
Tix from $29.75