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Turbocharged Live Darwin Arts - Activating Darwin’s CBD

Following a sold out first season, ATMOS: listening parties for story lovers returns to Darwin CBD for a second season, joining a diverse range of new activations as part of the Territory Labor Government’s investment in activating the Darwin CBD to create jobs, support local business and celebrate local arts and culture.

Live Darwin Arts Round 3 has been boosted by the Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism package to attract visitors, create local jobs and put more money in the pockets of Territorians.

Johanna Bell, Creative Director and founder of StoryProjects, along with curators Liz Trevaskis and Jess Ong will be creating five immersive listening parties, designed to reshape how local people think about places and spaces in the City, and the lives of people both near and far.

Grant funding of $157,532 has been allocated to six recipients through Live Darwin Arts Round 3, with arts and cultural activities including music performances, arts activities and exhibitions, listening parties and public conversations set to take place over the coming months.  

Highlights of the upcoming Live Darwin Arts Round 3 include:

ATMOS: Making Tracks by ATMOS and StoryProjects

The first of five upcoming listening parties, ATMOS: Marking Tracks, curated by Liz Trevaskis is an ear opening journey through the Top End. Part mixed tape and part Territory love song this upcoming listening party connects the remarkable people, seemingly insurmountable distances, ancient stories - and joyous music - that make this a place like nowhere else in the world.

Where – Brown’s Mart, 12 Smith Street, Darwin City

When – 7pm Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November

Tickets - $20 available through www.storyprojects.com.au/atmos

Cityscape Creations by Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA)

A series of free workshops aimed at all ages that brings frottage (the technique of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface) and collage (a piece of art made by sticking various different materials on to a backing) together to create frottage collage.

Where – Live Darwin Hub, Smith Street Mall (next to RM Williams and opposite Café 21)

When - 10-11am Saturday 27 October, Saturday 10 November and Saturday 24 November.

Singing in the CBD with the Darwin Chorale

The Darwin Chorale choir will be showcasing the works of local Territory composers including Ted Egan, Kathie Mills and Yoris Wilson as well as performing popular classics in two special performances not to be missed.

Where - The Raft Space, Darwin Entertainment Centre

When - 6.15-7.30pm, Saturday 17 November, and

Where - Smith Street Mall (Bennett Street end, near Live Darwin Hub)

When – 11am-12.15pm, Sunday 18 November

Locals and visitors to Darwin can experience and participate in unique arts and culture in the heart of Darwin’s city, with many of the activities and events provided for free.

Brown’s Mart Arts are providing production support to these artists and assistance in delivering the events. 

Visit www.livedarwin.nt.gov.au for upcoming events, join the conversation on facebook.com/livedarwin and tag #liveDARWIN to your social pics.  

For further information email live.darwin@nt.gov.au or call 1800 678 237.

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss

“The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in transforming the Darwin CBD into a world-class tourist and cultural destination, which will create jobs and support local business.

“Live Darwin Arts provides the opportunity to engage in creative activity in the heart of the CBD, as well as showcasing and celebrating our local talent.

“Congratulations to past Darwin Live grant recipient Caddie Brain for her App Live Darwin’s Darwin: A Tale of Four Cities - a self-guided walking tour through Darwin’s past - that recently received the 2018 Interpretation Australia National Award for Excellence.

Quotes from Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby

“The Live Darwin Arts program offers something for everyone, from music performances, arts activities, exhibitions, and the return of the popular listening parties.

“I encourage locals and visitors to Darwin to experience and participate in unique arts and culture in the heart of Darwin’s city, with most of the activities and events provided for free.”

Quotes from Creative Director StoryProjects, Johanna Bell

“I like to visit other places and meet people who I’d never normally cross paths with. That’s what ATMOS is all about – stepping outside your daily tracks to see new takes on the world.” 

“ATMOS is the first program of its kind in Australia and as far as we know, there aren’t many other places in the world making these kind of curated, immersive listening experiences. 

“It doesn’t surprise me that we’ve created a new form of listening because Darwin is home to amazing creatives and unique stories. There’s a big appetite for ATMOS interstate and we’re hoping to tour the works next year.”


Media Contacts:

Minister for Tourism and Culture: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 2442

ATMOS Creative Producer: Lori Uden 0417 305 791  

Story Projects: Creative Director www.johannabell.com or www.storyprojects.com.au