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There’s a LOT to do in Darwin in the month of August…thanks to Darwin Festival!

By Korgan Hucent

You certainly know it’s the Dry Season when you hear of more and more fabulous events coming up here in Darwin, and the month of August definitely is a big month.  If you’re one of our Ray White Bayside real estate clients who has recently moved to the tropical city, chances are you may not even know that one of our city’s most historic events is about to kick off.

On Thursday 6th August, all the way through to Sunday 23rd August the Darwin Festival will be held at various locations around the city.  From exciting food demonstrations to delight your tastebuds, theatre performances and cabaret shows, through to musical performances, comedy and art, there’s something for everybody.

The Darwin Festival has been an institution up here now since July 1978, when the festival we know today was known as the Bougainvillia Festival.  It was basically a floral festival, boasting of this city’s beauty and resilience, given the devastating cyclone that all but levelled the city in 1974.  Evolving over the years, it became a community arts festival in the 1990’s, and today is a vibrant arts and community event, showcasing the talent both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous that Darwin is renowned for.

Highlights at this year’s festival include Duncan Welgemoed’s Pop-Up Restaurant ‘The Pitchfork’ which will be open to diners Tuesday 11 until Thursday 13th August from 6pm at a location to be announced when you book your tickets.  Duncan is a much-acclaimed South Australian-based Head Chef who has worked in Michelin star restaurants worldwide and appeared on Network Ten’s Masterchef.  Also in the line-up is much-loved Australian-born pianist, Piers Lane, now based in London, who will be performing ‘Chopin by Candlelight’ on Friday 21st August from 7pm at the Darwin Entertainment Centre Playhouse.

A full festival program, including ticket purchase facility is available via the event website at www.darwinfestival.org.au.  Worth checking out for sure!

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