Darwin Festival is thrilled to reveal a 2012 program brimming with highlights to ignite your Hot August Nights. From contemporary music to cabaret, theatre, dance, comedy to family and visual arts events, this year’s Festival is a veritable feast of national and international heroes and local stars.
“Darwin shines most brilliantly in August and we can’t wait to share a program that will keep you sizzling for the Hot August Nights,” Artistic Director, Edwina Lunn, says. “We encourage everyone to load up their August and maximise the dry season good times because after all, we can sleep through September!”
Lunn is particularly excited to introduce George’s Green, a second Festival Hub which will become a wonderland of entertainment, bars and foodie options for everyone. George’s Green encompasses the
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and The Amphitheatre, also introducing the Idolize Spiegeltent– an exquisite baroque-styled hall of mirrors filled with music and cabaret shows - to Darwin for the very first time.
A free shuttle bus operates every night throughout the Festival taking Festival goers between Festival Park and George’s Green.
George’s Green will enhance the Festival’s reach by building on the success of the Festival Park precinct and the ever-popular Lighthouse venue in the heart of the CBD. George’s Green will brim with program gems including the Festival favourite Santos Opening Night Concert on Thursday 9 August in the Amphitheatre, heralding the start of 18 days of festivities; and a closing night spectacular dirtsong by the Black Arm Band also in the Amphitheatre.
The Spiegeltent program features the alluring cabaret The LoveBirds; a super sassy live show from Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes; with local Darwin All Stars band headlining our Friday & Saturday late night FESTIVAL CLUB; not to mention Caravan Burlesque, a late-night blend of risqué performance and cabaret antics.
“I am so excited to introduce Darwin audiences and artists to the magical world of a Spiegeltent,” Lunn says. “Darwin audiences can experience the thrill of sharing fabulous performances in the intimate and glamorous surrounds of the Idolize Spiegeltent. But above all, I am truly pleased to be able to offer Northern Territory artists the opportunity to perform on a stage that holds so much wonder and mystique.”
We encourage everyone to roll up for the Lighthouse house-show La Soiree… it’s cheeky, clever and damn sexy - if you see one show this Festival – this better be it!
Headed up by iconic music legend Kenny Rogers creating local history in a night to remember, the music program features a balance of emerging stars and classic legends. With a contemporary edge, it includes
Australia’s favourite mentor from The Voice, Washington, joining Kate Miller-Heidke for a killer double bill at the Amphitheatre; hip hop stars Hermitude; Darwin favourites TinPan Orange; local country legend and NT Song of the Year Winner David Garnham and The Reasons to Live (with a 20-strong bearded man choir); national country and rockabilly songbird Lanie Lane; Shellie Morris and the Yanyuwa Songwomen; young guns San Cisco; and Tiwi’s own boy band B2M.
Comedy fans won’t be disappointed when hostess with the mostest, Pam Ann brings her inflight cocktail of mile-high hilarity to the Darwin Convention Centre; and Australia’s favourite musical comedy trio Tripod will charm us all at the Spiegeltent.
The cabaret program is just as alluring. Cabaret sensation Trevor Ashley IS Liza (on an E); Candy B shakes what her mama gave her in Australian Booty; our own Katherine diva Constantina Bush trucks in for her first every Darwin Festival performance; and not quite cabaret, not quite theatre… look out for a secret, Nick Cave inspired, adults-only experience with visual and physical theatre company, Erth and their show Murder.
Theatre buffs will revel in the world premiere of Doku Rai – a unique collaboration between Australian and East Timorese artists. Meanwhile local theatremakers will have a strong presence as playwright and performer Mary Anne Butler presents Highway of Lost Hearts; and the remarkable life of renegade botanist Olive Pink is the inspiration for a new Alice Springs play, The First Garden.
Special Events abound and the 2012 Festival contemporary dance event of the year will be Briwyant – exploring the intersections of Indigenous and urban cultures (and it’s free to NT concession card holders).
We’re taking the concept of Darwin’s Backyards Unplugged to Bagot Community as well as presenting a concert at the Darwin Airport Lodge Detention Centre, to extend our celebration of Territory lifestyle and
Aussie backyards. A Pool Party at the Waterfront will make a splash on the last Sunday arvo of the Festival – complete with DJs, bands, roving entertainment and a specially commissioned local synchronised swimming routine.
Brown’s Mart Courtyard will be transformed over two Festival weekends with international theatre and dance performances and accompanying local community activities, films, exhibitions and installations. Over the middle weekend of the Festival we will create LITTLE CHINA (featuring Fight the Landlord – a youthful absurdist Beijing theatre work). The closing weekend is dedicated to LITTLE INDONESIA (showcasing the new contemporary dance work from Nan Jombang Tarian Malam).
With all the highlights mentioned, Darwin Festival remains true to delivering Festival favourites – the National Indigenous Music Awards, Tracks Dance, People’s Choice Teddy Bear’s Picnic, a broad Visual Arts program, Pesona Indonesia, playreadings, workshops and the In Conversation series where artists reveal their process.
All this and so much more, so grab a program or jump on the website for further details. During 18 days and nights in August, there will be art on the walls, in the theatres, on the streets and under the stars in a jampacked program that features Territory talent alongside some of the best artists from across the nation and the world. There’s something for everyone, no matter what your artistic taste.
“Don’t waste a moment, burn the sparkler at both ends and join us as we celebrate Darwin in the dry season, with a Festival of Hot August Nights,” Artistic Director, Edwina Lunn, says.