Art, music and sport – an apt 4-word summary of the Northern Territory and an equally apt description of what’s on in Darwin this month.

Raw Comedy 2015 – NT State Final
If you’ve ever been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you might wonder just how all those Australian comedians make the journey from punning in the sun to handing out flyers on Princess Street. The answer is they start somewhere like this.

Raw is an open-mic comedy competition. The winner from the state final will go on to compete in the National Grand Final in Melbourne, and the winner of that will get their very own slot at the Edinburgh Fringe. See them now, before they’re famous.

Where: Darwin Entertainment Centre
When: 21 March, 8.00pm
How much: $35

Raw Comedy Darwin 2015
Photo courtesy of The Darwin Entertainment Centre

Peace Train – A Tribute to Cat Stevens
Part tribute act, part biography, this show by Darren Coggan follows Stevens’ journey from 60’s icon and musical hit machine to packing it all in, adopting Islam and becoming a philanthropist. But what it really does is recreate 23 of Stevens’ best known songs. If you check the link above you’ll see that Coggan does a pretty impressive job of sounding like the man behind Matthew & Son, Moonshadow, Wild World and Father & Son.

Where: Darwin Entertainment Centre
When: 14 March, 8.00pm
How much: $55

Peace Train Darwin
Photo courtesy of Peace Train website

Melanoma March Darwin
Australians have been battling melanoma (skin cancer) for a long time. Perhaps it’s unsurprising given the conditions in much of the country for much of the year, but Australians have the world’s highest rate of skin cancer. The Melanoma Institute Australia is working to ensure that more people make a full recovery.

This 4km walk/fun run is to raise awareness and funding for the Melanoma Institute. You’re welcome to register and join in, and if you are going to take part, you can get yourself sponsored or make a donation using the above link.

Where: Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade
When: 22 March, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
How much: Donation or sponsorship

Melanoma March Darwin 2015
Photo courtesy of Melanoma March’s website

Northern Territory Sports Awards
This, the Northern Territory’s most prestigious sporting awards ceremony, recognises the achievements of people involved in all aspects of sport in the territory, including athletes, sporting officials, coaches and volunteers. There’s loads of entertainment too.

Where: Darwin Convention Centre
When: 27 March, 6.00pm
How much: $130

Northern Territory Sports Awards
Photo courtesy of

More events in Darwin this March

The niche, the free and the off the beaten track…

Monday Jam Nights
Just to be clear, we’re talking musical jamming not fruity conserves. Bring your musical instrument of choice – whatever it is – and join in.

Where: Malak Shopping Centre
When: Every Monday (9, 16 and 23 March) 7.00pm – 10.00pm
How much: Free

Beginners Tai Chi
Movement, posture and inner peace. The tranquil setting helps.

Where: Darwin Waterfront
When: Every Saturday (14, 21 and 28 March) 7.00am
How much: Free

Evolution: A Disrespective by Rob Brown
20 years of wicked and irreverent reflections by Darwin artist Rob Brown.

Where: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
When: All month until 29 March
How much: Free

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