The Darwin Fringe: The fringiest of fringe shows!

The Dry is here – and you know what that means… It’s event season!

The Darwin Fringe kicks off in July, With more than 150 individual events and shows – it’s about to get a little weird, and super wonderful!

The Darwin Fringe Opening Party is on July 2 and, naturally, we suggest that’s where you kick things off!

It begins with a sunset Acknowledgement of Country for 2021 at the Waterfront, followed by a talented back-to-back line-up in the Browns Mart Courtyard from 8pm, with the likes of David Lim the magician, the rocking local legends from Scrub Fowl, Cabaret from Shalom Kaa, and tunes and good times from Lola & Lola, Soul Dog Dreaming, Panic Bruss and Exterior.

We’ve scoured the program and talked to the people in the know, to find out all the details on the most FRINGE-Y (Yes, it’s a technical term) Fringe shows for 2021. Strap yourselves in, here we go…


If a show has sold out for seven years in France – it’s gotta be good, right? This show has been described as ‘Dance in its purest form.’ It involves a woman – Shakti – traditionally dancing, completely naked, to classical western music.

8th – 10th July @ 7.30pm
Browns Mart Theatre
Tickets here


A cocoon is cosy and claustrophobic at the same time… a fact you may discover in this interactive performance that explores social and physical isolation and disorientation – very 2020. Part-dance, part-theatre, and part-movement workshop, the performance takes place under a veil and seeks to present lockdown stories in physical terms, whether it be stumbling around blindly, seeking and missing physical contact, or drifting through your days. Audience participation encouraged!

4th & 11th July @ 1pm
Browns Mart Theatre
Tickets here


This is one you can really get involved in. You could literally walk away from this in the running to be Australia’s Poetry Slam Champion!!

Australian Poetry Slam and NT Writers’ Centre bring you the high-stakes poetry competition of the year! There are twenty spots, and you get two minutes max to share your work.

Registration on arrival, but this one would be super interesting to watch too! Join the audience and help find the next Darwin poetry champion!

3rd July @ 6pm
Happy Yess
Tickets Here

Darwin Fringe
Fringe Party – Helen Orr


This one is FUN! Get up behind the decks and feel what it’s like to play music for an audience before learning about the equipment Vinyl DJs play on. You’ll also discover the difference between old and new records, along with a short history of where the phrase ‘Turntablism’ was coined.

The last half hour of the class will be open to any questions about DJing as the music plays and each woman gets to have a go at twirling knobs and pressing buttons.

7th & 8th July @ 6pm
Radio Gnome Records
Tickets here


A mesmerising journey of two artists and two art forms – creating from stone and sound. The perfect chilled Saturday afternoon in the Browns Mart Courtyard – watch as a sculptor, Ioanna transforms a raw stone slab into a spectacular sculpture, while producer and musician Gaia creates the sound to inspire and amplify the experience.

4th July @ 1pm
Happy Yess
Tickets here

Darwin Fringe
Sound & Stone


Fancy some earrings that will definitely make an impression? You can make your own polymer clay vulva earrings! Darwin artist Peta Jane Goodrem (Piiij Creations) is hosting a workshop – including all materials needed for your new favourite jewellery, morning tea and snacks!

3rd & 4th July @ 10am
untitled Gallery + Studio
Tickets Here


Gurambai is the Larrakia name for Rapid Creek and means elbow, referring to the shape of the creek at the saltwater end, towards the mouth of the creek. Rapid Creek Artists Collective are a group of creatives deeply grateful to create, live, love, teach and learn on Larrakia Land.

The eclectic artists, including Alison Dowell, Katie Bradley, Aly de Groot, Henry Dupal, Fernanda Dupal and Catherine Miles, have diverse practices, including textiles, painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking and jewellery. The Rapid Creek Artists Collective invites you to their ‘open studios’ – a rare opportunity to meet the makers in their habitats. Ride, walk, skip, dance or skate along laneways and up alleys to take a peek behind the doors and into the minds of 6 marvellous artists, and discover how they create award-winning artworks that celebrate Top End people, plants, places and creatures – all from where the freshwater meets the sea at Gurambai, Rapid Creek.

4th & 11th July @ 10am
Rapid Creek
Tickets here

Darwin Fringe
Rapid Creek Art


Always wanted to learn how to perform? Or looking to refine your skills in speaking to an audience? This is a workshop for you! Award-winning writer & actor Stephen House will share some key tips for performing a piece of writing to an audience. All welcome!

11th July @ 11am
Browns Mart Theatre
Tickets here

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