The Northern Territory Major Events Company has announced the return of the Darwin Street Art Festival this year from 6 to 16 September, supported by the Northern Territory Government. Across 10 days, the city will be transformed into an open-air gallery as 12 buildings in Austin Lane, Bennett Street, West Lane and Knucky Street, become urban canvases.
Headlining the festival is a mural celebrating the life and work of famous Darwinian musician, Dr G Yunupingu (Gurrumul), in collaboration with his family and supported by Skinnyfish Music.
Seven of the best street artists from Darwin will be producing original works for the festival. In the past, works produced by selected local artists depicted iconic Northern Territory wildlife, Indigenous motifs and tropical design.
The Darwin Street Art festival reaches outside the shores of Australia for this year, bringing international LA-based artist ELLE down under. Rising to international acclaim from beginning as an illegal street artist, she has been featured in VOGUE and will be adding her signature alluring and evocative art style to the city of Darwin.
Among the list of this year’s Australian artists are Carla Russo, Polly Johnstone, Ryan Medlicott, Jason Lee (Choplee), Vincent Poke, Reice Ranson, Jesse Bell, Georgia Rose, Sole Veins, Phine, Shaun Lee, CTO and lawyer turned street artist, Kaff-eine.
Visitors and residents of Darwin will also be able to enjoy drop-in art workshops, family entertainment and Darwin’s local eateries and bars as weekend activities for the duration of the festival.