New Darwin Festival AD launches inaugural program

Running from 10-27 August 2023, Darwin Festival is a rare opportunity to experience the best of Territory culture alongside curated cultural highlights from across the nation.

‘Honestly, what I have enjoyed the most over these last nine months, being here in Darwin, is that everyone has a sense of ownership of the Festival. They love it,’ laughs Darwin Festival Artistic Director Kate Fell.

‘And so what I do is just ask people, “Well, what have been some of your favourite things that you’ve seen? What have you loved or what have you missed out on?” Just getting that direct feedback from people – and all sorts of people.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts