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Road to Recovery: Brand New Events to Boost Territory Tourism

Territorians can look forward to an action-packed 12 months, with 11 new events added to the calendar, thanks to the Northern Territory Major Events Company’s latest round of event funding. 

The new events include the Dark Skies Festival in Alice Springs – a week-long celebration of our incredible star-studded skies, and the Top End Feastival – a foodie extravaganza to showcase our world-class produce.

In total, 29 events received funding from 70 applications. 

Successful applicants include a range of Territory favourites such as Wide Open Space Festival and Desert Festival in the Red Centre, Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta and Top End Gran Fondo in Darwin, and the Junk Sculpture Festival in Katherine.

The events will each receive a share of a funding pool worth more than $660,000. 

For a full list of successful recipients visit

Community Event grants up to $30,000, for events that share the Territory’s rich history and culture, and Event Development grants, from $30,000 to $100,000 for events that attract new audiences and encourage visitation, were available.

The next funding round will open in May and be awarded in July 2021. To receive notification, visit and click the ‘Industry Updates’ box.


Quotes from Minister for Major Events, Natasha Fyles:

“We know the events industry was hit hard by the pandemic, and after such a challenging year for the sector, it’s incredible to see the quality of applications for event funding.

“It is also fantastic to see an enormous appetite from event organisers not only for developing existing Territory events, but also for delivering completely new ones in the quieter seasons.

“The Territory punched well above its weight when it came to events in 2020, and we are seeing strong demand for 2021, with events such as BASSINTHEGRASS and Wide Open Space selling out months in advance.

“The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in the Territory, and this funding will benefit the tourism sector, no matter the season, for years to come.”