Festivals & events, Northern Territory, Australia

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Tiwi Island Grand Final and Art Sale, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Territorian's artistic sensibility springs from its rich cultural background, and they love nothing more than to celebrate that heritage by showing it off to the rest of the world. Fine arts, music, literature, dance, theatre and craft populate the NT cultural calendar and draw audiences and participants from far and wide.

Tjungu Festival

Ayers Rock Resort will host the inaugural Tjungu Festival Tjungu, means meeting or coming together in local Anangu language, and this uplifting festival will be an immersion in Australian Indigenous culture.

Highlights include a local Anangu Welcome to Country, a fantastic line-up of traditional and contemporary Indigenous musicians and bands including Shellie Morris, Casey Donovan, and Marcus Corowa, and a short film festival celebrates Indigenous culture on screen.

Tjungu festival

Down by the river

The Merrepen Festival, held on the Daly River, three hours south of Darwin, highlights indigenous culture through workshops, demonstrations, concerts and performances. As well as a big Saturday night of concerts and entertainment, the weekend includes an Aboriginal art sale and auction, food tasting, and classes on 'dillybag' weaving – a centuries-old tradition of bag making practiced by local indigenous women.

Merrepen festival


Wordstorm is the annual writers' festival organised by the NT Writers' Centre, celebrating the Territory's lively and dynamic literary scene. While guest speakers include some of Australia's most respected writers, the festival also strives to profile emerging indigenous and South East Asian voices to the public though a series of panels, discussions and readings.

Wordstorm festival

Central station

First awarded in 1970 in an effort to promote contemporary art in Central Australia, The Alice Prize is now the largest contemporary art prize in the Territory and attracts the art world's 'movers and shakers'. Artists of Aboriginal, Asian and European backgrounds show paintings, drawings and photographic works plus ceramic, fabric, glass and new media pieces.

Central Australia's premier arts and cultural event, The Alice Desert Festival attracts huge numbers each year. Over 1000 participants are involved in putting together the 11 days and 50 acts and events. This fantastic festival explores and celebrates the Red Centre's landscape and the spirit and culture of those who live there.

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