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Turbocharged Live Darwin Arts – More Activities to Activate Darwin’s CBD

Darwin CBD continues to welcome Live Darwin Arts activities this festive season, providing unique arts and cultural entertainment for locals and visitors to enjoy in the heart of Darwin City. 

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.

Grant funding of $157,532 has been allocated to activate the CBD with music performances, arts activities and exhibitions, listening parties and public conversations. Brown’s Mart Arts provide production support to these artists and assistance in delivering the events. 

Upcoming events for Live Darwin Arts Round 3 include:

Creative Mounds by Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA)

Creative Mounds in the Live Darwin Hub, Smith Street Mall, will see the fluorescent fibreglass termite mounds, originally created by artist Fiona Curry-Billyard for the 2017 Darwin Festival undergo a transformation with the mounds set to be painted in a variety of styles by four local artists Eddie Janama Kitching, Norma Chidanpee Benger, Alicia Scobie and Adrienne Wade. 

Singing in the CBD with the Darwin Chorale

Sing along with the Darwin Chorale choir as they perform Christmas Carols and popular songs as part of the City of Darwin’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. The Chorale will also entertain Darwin City Christmas shoppers with two weekend lunch time performances at the Christmas Tree, Smith Street Mall (Bennett Street end)

For the Love of Darwin by Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA)

Public art workshops in the Live Darwin Hub, Smith Street Mall, facilitated by local artists Eddie Janama Kitching and Norma Chidanpee Benger. Sharing their collective love of Darwin, the artists will demonstrate and teach their own technique with the public encouraged to add their mark to a 2m x2m canvas. 

Chatterbox [a conversation]: the game

Join Jess Ong and two sporting fans kick around some big questions in a conversation that’s more than just a game.  Visit for more information.

Territory Animal Craft and Sounds in the Mall with Melody Mel

Melody Mel returns to the Live Darwin Arts hub in Smith Street Mall with free musical education workshops for children aged 4-10 years. Children will create an animal unique to the Territory, create soundscapes that represent their animal and play fun musical games that introduce rhythm and beat concepts. 

The Live Darwin Arts program provides an opportunity for artists to actively encourage community participation and to enjoy an open approach to sharing arts experiences and contributing to a vibrant city culture and community.

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Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss

“The Territory Labor Government is doing everything it can to attract visitors to our CBD, which creates jobs and boosts the local economy.

“The recently announced $200 million City Deal and established programs like Live Darwin are transforming the Darwin CBD into a world-class tourist and cultural destination.

“Live Darwin Arts also provides the opportunity to showcase and celebrate our local talent.”

Quotes from Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby

“Live Darwin continues to activate the CBD with art and cultural events.

“I encourage locals and visitors to Darwin to experience and participate, with most of the activities and events provided for free.”

Quotes from Melanie Reid - Melody Mel

“Everyone has the ability to be involved and learn music.

“Making craft activities of Territory animals, playing musical dress up and percussion games and making friends in the process all adds to the learning journey and fun.”

Media Contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242

Melody Mel

Creative Mounds