Darwin Festival to welcome back interstate visitors

Festival Park at last year's Darwin Festival.

Darwin Festival is returning in August with hopes to welcome interstate attendees after last year’s successful event which saw a huge turnout from locals while borders were closed.

Kicking off for 18 nights on August 5, the Festival’s huge opening night celebration will be held at The Amphitheatre at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

“It is a privilege to highlight the breadth and depth of First Nations cultural events in the NT,” said Darwin Festival CEO James Gough.

“Darwin is set to come alive this August as the beating heart of First Nations culture in Australia and we are proud to amplify these associated events as part of the 2021 Darwin Festival program.”

Opening the festival will be with Buŋgul, featuring live performance by Yolŋu dancers, songmen and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.

“Buŋgul is just the first announcement of a number of phenomenal works in the 2021 Darwin Festival program that explore the richness of First Nations practice in Australia,” said Darwin Festival Artistic Director Felix Preval.

“‘This work is a breathtaking celebration of the strength of Yolngu culture and there’s so much more to come in this year’s program that will go on sale in June.”