6 acts to check out at Darwin Festival 2019

Darwin Festival returns for its 40th year from August 8 to 25, with a stellar lineup of more than 230 shows.

Darwin Festival
  • Cheong Kamei
  • June 2019

The Northern Territory’s rugged beauty can deflect travellers from the capital’s cosmopolitan offerings. With 30 percent of Darwin’s residents born overseas, it is more multicultural than the continent as a whole, resulting in a cross-pollination of influences like no other Australian city.

The city’s melting pot of cultures is exemplified by Darwin Festival opens in new window — an 18-day celebration of music, theatre, cabaret and visual art by artists from all over the world. Here’s a little taste of what’s happening this year.

1. Blanc de Blanc Encore

Blanc de Blanc Encore
Blanc de Blanc Encore

Step into the luxurious and elegant Victoria Spiegeltent, and get ready for a night of burlesque performances opens in new window and circus tricks peppered with a healthy dose of risqué humour.

2. Phare Circus: Eclipse

Phare Circus: Eclipse
Phare Circus: Eclipse

Phare is not your average circus. The Siem Reap-based social enterprise doesn’t just create jobs for local youth, it combines theatre, acrobatics, dance and music to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

3: Legs On The Wall: Man With The Iron Neck

Legs On The Wall: Man With The Iron Neck
Legs On The Wall: Man With The Iron Neck

Man with the Iron Neck opens in new window tells an arresting tale of two friends dealing with the aftermath of a friend’s suicide through achingly beautiful physical theatre.

4. Birds Eye View: Prison Stories

Birds Eye View: Prison Stories
Birds Eye View: Prison Stories

The culmination of a two-year project, Birds Eye View: Prison Stories opens in new window is an eye-opening part walking tour, part audio essay of women incarcerated at the Darwin Correctional Centre. Get a rare glimpse into life behind bars.

5. Guru of Chai

Guru of Chai
Guru of Chai

This one-man show by one of New Zealand’s most successful independent theatre company tells a captivating story of a chai-wallah (tea-seller) who has his life changed when he meets an abandoned young girl with a beautiful singing voice.

6. Kampot Playboys

Kampot Playboys
Kampot Playboys

Made up of five members from Cambodia, UK and Australia, Kampot Playboys combines folk, rock, groove, and Khmer vocals and traditional instruments.