Shellie Morris

Shellie Morris performs at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2015

If you want to experience the unique culture and festivities that the Northern Territory has to offer, there is never a better time time than during festival season!  The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is one of many incredible events happening in the Northern Territory throughout July and August, so why not turn your trip to the Fair into a cultural adventure across the Top End?

Some of the other exciting events happening around the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair include:

Darwin Festival is an 18-day celebration of music, theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret and more. Enjoy the festive atmosphere, delicious food and drink stalls, and free performances at the heart of the arts – Festival Park, and various venues across Darwin, as the Festival activates the city.

The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award is recognised as Australia’s most prestigious Indigenous art award and every year its Award Exhibition is a must-see event for art lovers. Opening night features Indigenous musicians and dancers, prize winners revealed and the opportunity to view and buy artworks from regional and urban Indigenous artists across the country.

Pack a picnic blanket, gather up the family, and settle in for an outstanding evening celebrating the best in Indigenous music from across the country at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs).

The Darwin Fringe Festival is an exciting performance and arts festival that takes place in various venues across Darwin and the Northern Territory in June. The Darwin Fringe is an open festival, meaning that anyone can take part. The result is a spectacular array of theatre, dance, poetry, music, visual arts, film and comedy that’s not to be missed.

Garma Festival is a four day event celebrating Yolngu culture, which takes place in Gulkula in north eastern Arnhem Land and attracts visitors from around the world keen to participate in the sharing of art, language and ceremony.

MILIMIKA – Tiwi Islands Festival is the Northern Territory’s newest arts, culture and performing arts festival. This is a weekend of celebration with proud Tiwi Islanders’ sharing their culture, featuring local talent in music, dance, the Tiwi Bombers football team and lots of activities for kids.

Getting here:

Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Sky West, Tiger Airways and Airnorth all fly regularly to Darwin from within Australia. Jetstar and Silk Air have direct flights to Darwin from various international locations.