With just a week to go, the final preparations for this year’s Fair are well and truly underway!

“This year we’re celebrating the 8th DAAF and already the excitement has been building… This journey will enrich all of us. We have so much to learn from each other and with each other. So come with us. Come to DAAF. Let’s embark together on this wonderful journey.”  – Franchesca Cubillo, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Chairperson

The 2014 program is packed with workshops and demonstrations, talks and cultural performances. Keep reading below to find out about the highlights in this year’s program, including a special performances by community dance groups.

Get hands on at the Fair

Get hands on at the fair

Get hands on at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair by immersing yourself in workshops and demonstrations, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn weaving, lino printing, painting on ochre and much more. The workshops will be presented by the Art Centres and will be held daily at 10am and 2pm.

August 8th

  • Injalak Arts & Crafts Association: Weaving and painting with ochres on bark demonstrations
  • Erub Erwer Meta: Ghost Net Weaving workshop
  • Elcho Island Arts: Weaving with Pandanus

August 9th

  • Babbarra Designs: Lino printing on textiles
  • Warmun Art Centre: Painting with ochre
  • Waringarri Aboriginal Arts: Boab carving

August 10th

  • Tiwi Design: Screen printing on t-shirts & paper
  • Arlpwe Art Culture Centre: Canvas painted bookmarks
  • Ngurratjuta Many Hands: Landscape painting workshop
  • Bula’bula Arts: Yidaki & Dupun (Didjeridu & Hollow Log Coffin)

See the program for more information.

Don’t miss the Dhalwungu Dancers!

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Be sure to catch the Dhalwungu Dancers from Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts (Gapuwiyak, East Arnhem Land region) when they perform at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Formerly known as the “Red Flag Dancers” or “Mukuy Dancers”, the renowned group have reformed as the Dhalwungu Dancers and are excited to share true Yolngu spirit again. They are dancing in front of an audience for the first time together at the 8th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair on August 8th! See the program for more details.

Darwin Indigenous Art Hop On, Hop Off Bus

What’s the best way to see all of the best Indigenous Art that Darwin has to offer? The Darwin Indigenous art Hop On, Hop Off Bus is your free ticket to see Darwin’s premier Indigenous and Contemporary art exhibitions. The bus will leave from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory at 10am and will make 9 stops around the city, including stopping off at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair! Get all the details here.