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Darwin events celebrate our rich arts and cultural talent

This month Darwin hosts an eclectic mix of art, couture, musical and cultural events highlighting the best in Australian Indigenous high-end fashion, fine art, music and a host of international and national performers.

The Territory Labor Government has turbocharged its investment into major events and festivals with an additional $20 million to promote the outstanding talents of both Territory and national artists, attract visitors to the Top End and bring millions of dollars into our economy.

On Wednesday 7 August, From Country to Couture 2019 will showcase the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion.

Two shows will be featured; Gorman & Mangkaja Arts Collection from 7:00pm, and From Country to Couture at 8:30pm. Tickets are available at

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is now in its 13th year and showcases the contemporary fine art of over 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Centres. It features the work of over 2,000 artists with 100% of sales going back to the Art Centre Communities.

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is a free event which runs from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August 2019 at the Darwin Convention Centre and you can check out the program at

The Darwin Festival kicks off on Thursday 8 August and runs until Sunday 25 August.

This iconic Top End festival features local and touring performances and events including outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts. During the Festival, the Darwin CBD is activated as it buzzes with performers, artists, locals and visitors enjoying the vibrant and colourful atmosphere and festivities.

For tickets visit

The 36th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (Telstra NATSIAA) will be held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) on Friday 9 August from 6pm and the exhibition will be on display from 10 August to 3 November.

This year’s Awards Ceremony and Opening Night will be held on MAGNT’s tropical lawns and feature performances from Electric Fields, Mojo Juju, Djuki Mala, Albert David and Tony Dhuwan Lee.

Visitors can bring a picnic or purchase food on site and tickets are free.

To register to attend visit

A must-see for music lovers, the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) is Australia’s premier First Nations music event, honouring the best in Indigenous music from around the country and showcasing the national and global achievements of Australia’s finest talents.

This year’s Awards will be held on Saturday 10 August 2019 at the Amphitheatre, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and the all-star line-up will feature Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Electric Fields, Deborah Cheetham, Tasmin Keith, Spinifex Gum, Eric Avery and the Kenbu Dancers.

Tickets are available at

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“Once again the Top End offers a myriad of captivating events this month which puts the Territory on the map as an artistic and cultural destination to be enjoyed during our exquisite dry season.

“Events such as the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, From Country to Couture, Telstra NATSIAAs and the NIMAs offer a platform for Indigenous artists to share their talents and culture through contemporary fine-art, couture, workshops, performances and music.

“Coupled with the ongoing success of the Darwin Festival, each year Darwin is attracting greater numbers of visitors and locals who are keen to enjoy and immerse themselves in the cultural experiences offered by these amazing events.

“The Territory Labor Government has turbocharged investment in events and festivals, with an additional $20 million over two years towards our unique and exciting calendar of cultural activities throughout the Territory supporting liveability and bringing more visitors here.”

Media contact: Lisa Sennett 0436 929 858