Festivals & events, Northern Territory, Australia

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Darwin Festival, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo: Peter Eve

The Territory boasts some of the most prestigious events and festivals in the country – from high calibre sporting events, to arts and culture festivals that draws visitors and media from all over the world. No matter what you're looking for, at any given time of the year, the Territory will be serving up an event or festival to suit.

Northern exposure

Since its inception in 2003, BASSINTHEGRASS has attracted big-ticket acts to Darwin, and is now the largest musical event in the Territory. As well as local and high-profile rap and indie artists on the bill, a 'Battle of the School Bands' is held each year, with winners gaining a place in the festival line-up.

Bass in the grass

The Darwin Festival started in 1977 as a small celebration of the town's spirit and pride as it began the huge task of rebuilding post-Cyclone Tracy. Today it's grown to 18 exciting days and nights, and features local and touring performances and concerts, workshops, theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret, film and visual arts.

Darwin Festival

WordStorm, Darwin's illustrious festival of Australasian writing, started in 1998 and brings in an array of the country's literary heavy-hitters, from Tim Flannery to Germaine Greer. However, the festival's also renowned for its cross-culturalism, promoting an exchange between emerging indigenous and South East Asian writers.

Wordstorm Festival

Red Centre

The Alice Desert Festival fetches audiences 50,000-strong to experience what is now Central Australia's premier arts and cultural event. Running over 11 days, with over 50 events, the festival celebrates the desert and the diversity of people that live in The Red Centre.

Alice Desert Festival

The Alice Prize was initially held in a tin shed, the artworks hung on walls of makeshift hessian sheets. After over forty years, it's become the Territory's biggest contemporary art prize, summoning entrants from all over the country, and curated in a modern, purpose-built gallery.

Alice Prize


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