Brimming with risk, adventure and excitement, Darwin Festival 2015 is 18 tropical days and balmy nights of theatre, music, cabaret, art, conversation, dance, comedy and family fun to keep audiences enchanted, invigorated and inspired this August.

“The very nature of a festival invites risk and adventure,” says new Darwin Festival Artistic Director Andrew Ross. “We have had great pleasure compiling a wonderland of diverse experiences and we urge you to take the road less travelled as you choose shows and events that promise intrigue and surprise for all.”

“So, if you’re not a fan of country music, then consider getting along to Big Country at the Amphitheatre. If fine music isn’t your thing, we really encourage you to take in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s touring ensemble ACO2. Be adventurous and you will be rewarded.”

“With so many different journeys available to suit all manner of tastes, perhaps my favourite adventure is Darwin Festival through the eyes and ears of Topology,” Ross says. “This journey encounters puppetry, political satire, film, comedy, poetry and songs of love, offering audiences the full spectrum of experiences.”

”One of my highlights as Artistic Director has been to secure two of the best pieces of children’s theatre produced recently in Australia – Dead Puppet Society’s enchanting journey of Argus and Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s hilariously real school-yard comedy The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk. This is quality children’s theatre that adults will equally enjoy,” said Ross.

“Darwin Festival is a standout highlight of the Dry Season,” says Chief Minister and Darwin Festival Ambassador Adam Giles. “This year the Northern Territory Government has provided more than $1.3 million for Darwin Festival, including, through Festivals NT, an additional $320,000 in funding, enabling the Festival to focus on producing works such as the highly-anticipated Prison Songs, and further explore links with remote parts of the Territory and neighbouring South East Asian artists.”

Darwin Festival – 6 to 23 August 2015