Darwin Festival 2014

Music, dance, art and theatre make up our program for the Festival this year. Here are some of the events that you might like to attend:

  • Check out Korean rapping champions Gaeko and Choiza from Dynamic Duo as they bring their smooth sound to Darwin for their very first show on Aussie soil.

  • See the hilarious Ronny Chieng in his own stand up comedy routine – a far cry from the path he was on five years ago to become a lawyer.

  • See the streets of Cambodia in Urban Street Night Club, whereby the grassy mound in front of Christ Church Cathedral on Smith St is transformed into a bustling urban space, complete with neon colours, silhouetted pedestrians and tuk tuks.

  • Cambodian break-dancers Tiny Toones team up with local Darwin crew, the D*City Rockers, as they get together and bust a move. There will also be the opportunity for some of the younger members of the Darwin public to learn the tricks of the trade from these break-dancing pros!

  • See the streets of Cambodia in the Vietnamese Water Puppets literally dance on water, backed by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra, down at the Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon.

  • Wedhus Gembel is an enchanting show reflecting traditional and modern life in Indonesia, by the means of puppets, dance, theatre and music.

  • Book of Shadows uses live actors, new media, and traditional and modern Balinese shadow puppets, to tell stories that remind us of the magical perspective of our world.

  • Combining culture, identity and music, In Between Sounds (Chinese-Australian MC Joelistics and Filipino-Dutch-Australian James Mangohig of Sietta) weaves stories of mixed-race families, songs of modern Australia, and the politics of belonging, to create a work that is as powerful as it is inspiring.

  • Start your day with Let's Get Physical - a fun Festival workout with Cambodian style aerobics. Jazzercise, Chinese dawn tai chi, and Soviet-style calisthenics are combined to demonstrate the latest fitness craze on the streets of Cambodia, and this Festival, we're bringing you the Darwin version.

  • Temporary Territory is a project developed in partnership with Darwin Festival, Darwin Visual Arts Association and Jakarta-based arts collective ruangrupa. Darwin artists have hit the streets to turn everyday Darwin bus shelters into interesting and colourful little spaces.

  • There is also a new show this year called 100% Darwin. It features real Darwinites (and possibly someone you know!) on stage, telling stories and answering questions to build a picture of the city we live in. Associate Director of the show, Bec Reid, is available to come and talk about how she's found the participants and what to expect from the performances.

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