The Darwin Showcase held in August highlighted the city’s appeal for business events with the annual famil aligned with the Darwin Festival which also incorporates the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, the National Indigenous Music Awards and the National Indigenous Fashion Awards.
Hosted by NT Business Events, the Darwin Showcase program also incorporated a range of cultural elements including a Larrakia saltwater ceremony at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct Lagoon and a ‘Welcome to Country’ Smoking Ceremony, which was delivered by three generations of the Lee family representing the Larrakia People of Darwin.
Other highlights included a visit to the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, a breakfast event performance by singers from The Youth Mill and a traditional Aboriginal weaving class on the lawns of the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
“The NT Business Events team put together a wonderfully inspiring famil, from venues, experiences, and accommodation, to Indigenous culture and history,” said Peta Webster, director of event operations with GEMS Event Management Australia.
“If I wasn’t sold on Darwin as a destination before, I am after attending this famil. The incredible way Indigenous culture has shaped the destination, and how it has been embraced and interwoven in all experiences for business events attendees, gives an experience unlike anywhere else in Australia. I can’t wait for our delegates to immerse themselves in everything that is Darwin.”
NT Business Events director Rebecca McCaig said the Darwin Showcase program highlighted the many ways in which events and festivals can enhance a business event held in the NT.
“We’re fortunate to experience these distinctive events first-hand and have an opportunity to enrich our business events visitors’ experience and their connection to the land, the people and the ancient culture,” she said.