A momentous night of free live music has opened Darwin Festival’s 40th anniversary celebrations. A bumper program packed with stellar shows, huge crowds, relaxed outdoor dining and free family fun will roll out over 18 hot August nights (8-25 August 2019) for Territorians and tourists alike to enjoy.
“Last night our incredible 40th anniversary program kicked off with the Santos Opening Night Concert. This free event saw more than 3,500 people flock to The Amphitheatre in Darwin’s stunning Botanic Gardens to watch a fusion of traditional music and contemporary rock by the internationally acclaimed Yothu Yindi, who were supported by Darwin favourite Caiti Baker and the feel-good grooves of Adrian Eagle,” said Festival Artistic Director Felix Preval.
“There’s a huge week ahead featuring a feast of the hottest music, theatre, visual art, comedy and daring acts. The Victoria Spiegeltent will play host to 22 performances of the all-new sexy and sultry Blanc de Blanc Encore. This champagne-soaked night of stunts, burlesque and cabaret will surely whet the appetite of hungry Darwin audiences.
“For a night of laughs be sure not to miss the multi-award winning comedian Damien Power as he delves into our culture of narcissism in society at The Lighthouse.
“Jacob Boehme’s critically acclaimed dance work Blood on a Dance Floor is a powerful blend of storytelling that combines projection and movement to create a theatrical performance like no other.
“Some of the hottest bands will be joining us this year. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have blown up over the last year and come to Darwin Festival off the back of a hugely successful U.S. tour, so are definitely a gig not to miss at The Lighthouse. And over at the Darwin Railway Club you can’t go past the Kampot Playboys and their extremely danceable mix of East meets West psychedelia or the captivating Tek Tek, with support from ’80s-obsessed Panic Bruss, who promise a high-energy night of music that’s sure to impress,” said Preval.
Here are the Festival highlights for week one:
Blanc de Blanc Encore: following a sold-out 75-show season at the Sydney Opera House, an all-star international cast converges on Darwin with this new cabaret extravaganza. Blanc de Blanc Encore promises a sexy champagne-soaked world filled with big moves and great tunes across the Festival. See it first in Darwin before it embarks on a world tour. Thu 8 - Sun 25 Aug, The Victoria Spiegeltent.
Parade Days: In Festival Park, audiences are invited to step back in time with Parade Days, a video installation by local artist Huni Bolliger depicting images gathered from local archives and the community. Parade Days celebrates the Bougainvillea Festival’s Grand Parade – a highlight event of the Festival’s early years. Parade Days will screen nightly in Festival Park.
City of Darwin Teddy Bears’ Picnic: The much-loved free family event is back for a morning of performances, activities and delicious food. Put those dancing shoes on Teddy because Team Fun will lead a kids’ takeover of The Victoria Spiegeltent for a Big Ted birthday bash disco party! Sun 11 Aug, The Esplanade.
ABC Radio Darwin's Happy Hour in the Victoria Spiegeltent: Get the lowdown on all the Festival happenings when ABC Radio Darwin’s host Liz Trevaskis brings the radio to The Victoria Spiegeltent from 4pm on Thursday 15 August.
Takeaway Fridays: Enjoy free lunchtime entertainment every Friday of the Festival. Fri 9 – Fri 23 Aug 12:00pm, Raintree Park.