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Culture for the Top End of town

Penny Arcade @2x

With its tropical climate and proximity to Asia, Australia’s ‘Top End’ does things a little differently. Where else could you host a major cultural event in the middle of winter and be guaranteed perfect weather?

This August, the Northern Territory’s arts and culture extravaganza, the Darwin Festival, rolls into town with 18 days of mind-bending performances, free family fun, captivating cultural works and laugh-out-loud moments.

To help get you excited, here are just some of the highlights that will be on offer at this year’s festival.

Those desiring an evening of refinement need look no further than Opera Australia’s take on Mozart’s classic work, The Marriage of Figaro, while younger audiences after something more in-your-face are sure to be captivated by the jaw-dropping acrobatics on display at Circa Goes Troppo.


Over at the Lighthouse in Festival Park, things get a little more raucous. A Night at the Musicals will see drag divas Jonny Woo and Le Gateau ‘Les Misérmassacre’ Chocolat (below) belt out numbers from popular musicals. If you’re after a night of ballsy ballads, slaughtered show tunes and shady shenanigans, these fierce queens are the ticket.


But if you’re looking for something with a bit more comedic bite, then New York’s undisputed queen of the underground, Penny Arcade (pictured top of story), has just the show for you. In her one-woman show Longing Lasts Longer, razor-sharp satire has never rocked so hard.

And this is only a tiny selection of what is listed on the 2017 program. So no matter what your tastes or interests, the Darwin Festival will have something for you to get excited about.

August might be the dry season in the Territory, but when it comes to culture, a heavy rain is gonna fall.  Chris Prindiville


The Darwin Festival runs from August 10-24.

For event details and ticketing information visit www.darwinfestival.org.au.

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