The Darwin Festival 2014 is here and runs through until August 24 with over 80 entertaining events that may be free, funny, moving, challenging, inspiring, whimsical, musical, thrilling and fun.
Theatre includes 100% Darwin, Book of Shadows: Chapter One, Sons and Mothers, Sugarland, The Harbinger, The Magic Hour, The Shadow King and Vietnamese Water Puppets.
There’s music aplenty with concerts that include Tina Arena, The Lepidopters, Soweto Gospel Choir, Gurrumul, Marlon Williams and the National Indigenous Music Awards.
There’s cabaret with Yana Alana’s Between the Cracks, Briefs: The Second Coming and Matthew Mitcham’s Twists and Turns. There’s also plenty on the Dance program and laughs galore with David Quirk, Ronny Chieng and Frank Woodley. There are conversations, visual arts including the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and lots of free stuff.
One interesting show that is on from August 22 to 24 – Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It. This one is for 18+ because Adrienne will be dressed only from the waist up and the ankles down and she crosses a very edgy line of original comedy – here’s part of the review from The Guardian – “An exhilarating hour… firecracker wit, sophistication and luminous humanity.”
For more info/detail on all that’s happening, here is the official Darwin Festival website.
The Darwin Festival 2014 is from August 7 to 24. Australia’s most northern and only tropical arts festival. It was born following the devastation of Cyclone Tracy that tore through the city in December 1974. For many it was a toss-up whether to abandon or rebuild… In 1977 the NT Director of Health, Dr Charles Gurd, suggested celebrating those who displayed the courage and optimism to rebuild with a festival and it continues to go from strength to strength.
The Festival features concerts, workshops, theatre, dance, music, comedy, cabaret, film and visual arts over 18 exciting days and nights. One highlight this year will be Soweto Gospel Choir and another is a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience that is guaranteed noit to go as rehearsed called 100% Darwin.
100 Darwinians from various walks of life representing the demographic make-up of Darwin will take to the stage. They will share intimate stories from their lives and answer questions about their habits, beliefs and lifestyles. Forget reality television, this is reality reality – a live, interactive human opinion poll, supported by local band, Dave Spry and The Higher Moral Ground and big screen graphics.
Who believes in life after death? Who has got a weapon at home? Who has a crush on one of the other 99 on stage? What will these people reveal about themselves, the city and those in the audience. Imaginative in conception and real in presentation this promises to be an unforgettable and thought-provoking experience.
Here is a link to the official Darwin Festival website and if you are travelling to Darwin for the festival, Rydges Airport Hotel and Rydges Airport Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.