Darwin Festival 2021 is bringing big ideas and unique perspectives to stages and venues across Darwin from 5-22 August. The Festival’s breathtakingly bold 2021 program of 84 events is out now and the invitation for audiences to get to the tropical Top End for Australia’s hottest winter arts festival has never been more compelling.

Over 18 hot August days and nights, Darwin Festival will intoxicate the senses and offer up stirring theatrical performances, some of the hottest live music acts in the country, incredible cabaret and circus, cross cultural collaborations, thrumming dancefloors under the stars and epic outings for the whole family. Plus, so much more.

An all-star line-up of Australian talent will share the spotlight with an inspiring showcase of Northern Territory talent, with locals represented in every genre of the program. Some of the incredible shows on offer have been years in the making, while others have been forged directly through the trials of 2020.


Kings of kid’s comedy, The Listies are back with their new show Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark (20-21 Aug). These legends of cheeky kids’ theatre have pulled apart Shakespeare’s classic and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, loads of silliness and plenty of interactivity.

Step inside a theatre-turned-playground-turned battleground for a riotous theatrical experience full of questions asked by young people and answered by adults. I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You (6-8 Aug) is a critically acclaimed show where a panel of 13-year-olds from Darwin’s own Corrugated Iron Youth Arts tackle the answers they get to the questions they’ve always wanted to ask.

The much-loved City of Darwin Teddy Bears’ Picnic returns to The Esplanade for a Sunday morning full of free performances, activities and delicious food (8 Aug).

And for the little ones who like to sing, dance and jump around, beloved children’s entertainer, Justine Clarke + Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco present a free afternoon family concert at the Darwin Waterfront to close out the Festival (22 Aug).

Tickets for the Darwin Festival are on sale at www.darwinfestival.org.au