Darwin Fringe

Community Arts & Cultural Development

2021 Darwin Fringe Festival

Every year the Darwin Fringe invites hundreds of artists from every genre out into the limelight. Presenting over 150 individual events in 2019 we’re asking for help to go beast mode in 2021!

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Orchestrated by some extremely passionate creatives the Darwin Fringe Festival is delivered by and for the community. Boasting a program that’s always at least 75% local, this 10 day festival is the biggest platform for emerging artists in the Top End of Australia. That’s why we’re calling out for some help. We take few ticketing and application fees so creatives can walk home with their earnings. This doesn’t leave us with enough to cover our ongoing operational costs.

Working with over 400 creatives aged 8-53 in 2019, the Darwin Fringe continues to expand through the community every year. Producing free events, social opportunities for artists, workshops, adult shows and even a children’s program there is truly something for everyone.

We spend the first half of every year opening applications, curating our hub and producing the program with a team of emerging arts workers. Held over 2-11 July we will celebrate, create and thrive throughout the city of Darwin.

For the last 6 years the Darwin Fringe has excelled in connecting thousands of audience members to new and risky works. We’ve made sure that the local arts scene has an opportunity to present to their community in a supported environment. Our audiences are enthusiastic and we’re always eager to show off Darwin to travelling ticket holders. In less than 10 years the Darwin Fringe has become one of the most anticipated creative events in the Northern Territory calendar and the biggest platform for emerging arts in the Top End.

Helping us allows all this to continue. Through these donations we’re able to pay our team who commit long and crazy hours to the local industry. This keeps us fed, full of caffeine and able to do this work. We’re asking for any bit of help that can be given.

Donations to Darwin Fringe will go towards supporting our team to complete this work. With a growing arts industry, work for emerging producers is important to assure continued activation of our city by those who live in it. These donations pay emerging artists to work in a field that they love whilst gaining invaluable practical skills.

The 2021 festival aims include:
+ The continued activation of new spaces
+ A 75% local program
+ Further support for First Nations creatives and local works that have been in development
+ An excess of $50,000 paid through Box Office to independent artists

Got questions? Head to our website: darwinfringe.org.au

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Showcasing work in every genre you can think of (and a few that are made-up), the Darwin Fringe Festival is a community arts festival with bite. Presenting close to 100 events, we’re a city-wide celebration of Independent artistic endeavour.

The Darwin Fringe Festival is a ten-day open access, community driven arts festival taking place annually in the beautiful Top End dry season. The festival supports independent and diverse, local and visiting artists to present work outside of the mainstream with a focus on things that you might not normally see in Darwin. It is a celebration of and for Northern Territory artists to support experimentation and performance/exhibition opportunities.

We’re a community festival with community values, we try our darndest to look after our presenting artists, and to constantly approach individual artistic and sector development as our core business.

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