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15 More CBD Walls to Be Painted: Third Darwin Street Art Festival to Boost CBD

The Darwin Street Art Festival is returning for a third year in 2019, with 15 city walls to be transformed into masterpieces by nationally and internationally acclaimed street artists in September.

The festival, which will run from 5 September to 15 September with see artists converge on Darwin to brighten otherwise blank walls within the 2019 theme ‘Northern Wonders’.

The third annual event is sponsored by the Territory Labor Government as part of the Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package, which aims to increase visitation, support local businesses and jobs.

After the success of 2018, Proper Creative and Apparition Media once again join forces to deliver the third festival, with contributing artists such as Shaun Edwards of House of Darwin and Benita and Liam Milner of Luna Tunes with more artists to be announced in coming weeks.

Expressions of interest open today and run until 20 August for local artists which who to be involved with the festival, artists are urged to submit a sketch and a 100 word explanation of how their artwork relates to the theme via the website

An extensive program of community events supplement this year’s festival including children’s workshops, paint by numbers, festival hub and a street party to celebrate the completion of the festival in West Lane on Saturday, 14 September complete with cocktails and food trucks.

For more information about the 2019 Darwin Street Art Festival, visit


Quotes from Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby:

“It is exciting for the Darwin CBD that through Turbocharging Tourism we can deliver another year of the Street Art Festival to transform the Darwin CBD into a world-class tourist and cultural destination.

“This year we have a number of local, national and international artists tasked with transforming blank walls into wonderful works of art, along with a wide range of community activities to complement this year’s festival.

“Funding events that activate the CBD is vital, which is why the Territory Labor Government is invested in growing the Darwin Street Art Festival every year.

“Aside from brightening the heart of Darwin, the street art festival also supports Territory businesses, creates local jobs and ultimately boosts our economy.”

Quotes from Proper Creative director David Collins:

“I’m extremely excited and honoured to be a part of the 2019 Darwin Street Art Festival.

“This project has gone from strength to strength and this year is shaping up to be dynamic and truly amazing.

“Watching our local talent grow and prosper with the exposure and experience gained from working alongside the national and international artists has been an absolute highlight.”

Quotes from local artist Shaun Edwards:

“I’m excited to get back home and play my part in making Darwin a beautiful place to live and visit through creativity and art.”

Quotes from Activate Darwin Board Member, Elena Gomatos:

“The Street Art Festival is a great initiative because it provides colour to our city, creating a distinct vibe and highlighting different areas of the CBD.

“While still a relatively new addition to Darwin and the CBD, over time it will provide a boost to our economy.

“Street art has risen in popularity worldwide and is a niche tourism opportunity, highlighting local and international artists.

Media contact: Hannah West 0436 641 108