60 different nationalities make up Darwin’s population, and June is a month when Darwin celebrates that fact in all sorts of ways, from soirees and festivals to UN-sanctioned international yoga (no really).
Celebrate the very best of Australia’s diversity – here’s what’s on in Darwin this June.
When: 4-8pm, 1 June
Where: Darwin Waterfront, Kitchener Drive
Harmony Day is a chance for people to celebrate the different cultures, faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs in their city and across the NT, to explore shared values and create a sense of belonging for all.
That may sound a little worthy, but it’s actually huge fun. Join the picnic-like atmosphere, enjoy the food and entertainment, and add your floating lantern to the flotilla.
Darwin Blues Festival 2015
When: 9am, 27 June
Where: Darwin Amphitheatre, George Brown Botanic Gardens
Cost: General admittance, cash only – just buy a ticket on the door
It may only be in its 3rd year but the Darwin Blues Festival has managed to attract some international headliners. Big Bill Morganfield and Ash Grunwald are just two of an impressive line-up of artists who’ll make this the Northern Territory’s best night of the year for blues lovers.
BYO chairs and rugs, but there’s no BYO alcohol (because the amphitheatre serves its own food and alcohol). You can take other liquids in, but they must be in sealed plastic bottles.
When: 19-21 June
Where: Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex, Hidden Valley Road, Darwin
Cost: A single adult ticket for the Friday is $25, Saturday is $60, and Sunday is $70. There’s also a $10 charge for access to the V8 Supercars Pit Paddock. If you’re planning to visit on a Saturday or Sunday, the 3-Day HOT PASS looks more economical at $90 for express entry, access to the V8 Supercars Pit Paddock and the two RACE & ROCK concerts.
Watch these supercars tear round the 2.9 km track of twists and turns. Visit the Pit Paddock where you get the chance to see the engine room and meet and greet the drivers.
On the Saturday and Sunday night there’s the RACE & ROCK Concerts, where Australian legend Jimmy Barnes will be one of the stars performing. Gates open at 7am on Friday and Saturday, 5am on the Sunday.
Photo courtesy of V8 Supercars Website
When: 9am, 6 – 7 June
Where: The Esplanade
Cost: Free entry
Darwin’s Greek community showcases its heritage with lots of traditional dress, dancing and, of course, some fabulous food.
Photo courtesy of TravelNT Website
When: 4-7pm, 21 June
Where: Nightcliff Foreshore, Casuarina Drive, Darwin
Not just any old day of yoga – an international day of yoga (who knew?). If you’re wondering, the UN has recognised yoga as more than just an exercise, but also good for the mind and spirit. You probably knew that already.
Take your own water and mat.
Photo courtesy of Event Finda Website
40th Anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: 6.30 – 9.30pm, 4 June
Where: Deckchair Cinema
Cost: Standard entry – $16. There’s a $40 package available which includes food, drinks voucher, entry in a raffle, and more.
You’ve absolutely no chance of travelling Australia without bumping into either a stage or screen version of Rocky Horror at some point. This one’s the movie version, staged by the Deckchair Cinema to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary.
There’s a fancy-dress competition and raffle, and the event is raising funds for Cancer Council NT. All of which sounds a fine excuse to don the corset and fishnets. Altogether now: ‘it’s just a jump to the left…’
Photo courtesy of Deckchair Cinema Website