From ancient rock-art sites and Dreamtime stories, to contemporary galleries and outback charm, a trip to the Northern Territory is one big cultural experience.
Art exhibitions, concerts, theatre and other live performances that showcase both local and visiting talent make up some of the major art and cultural events. The annual Darwin Festival, and Alice Springs’ Heritage Festival and Beanie Festivals are among the many big events in the Northern Territory.
Indigenous art, from Arnhem Land to Central Australia, is a flourishing industry and provides cultural connection and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin has on display priceless collections of Indigenous, South-East Asian and Oceanic art and material culture, maritime archaeology, history and natural sciences and holds visiting art exhibitions and the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Awards. The Darwin Military Museum precinct at East Point showcases details of WWII bombings while the Qantas Hanger Museum houses vintage vehicles and items of historical significance in the Australian Aviation history. Fannie Bay Gaol, and the Chinese Museum and Chung Wah Temple profile other elements of the Northern Territory’s culture and history.
The Darwin Symphony Orchestra is recognised for outstanding performances and regularly plays in and around Darwin at indoor and outdoor venues such as the Botanic Gardens, Darwin.
The Alice Springs Cultural Precinct features the Araluen Centre and Galleries, Albert Namatjira Gallery, Aviation Museum and more, it is home to some of Central Australia’s most intriguing cultural and historical attractions.
Tennant Creek’s Nyinkka Nyunya Art and Culture Centre, located on a site held sacred by the local Warumungu people, allows visitors to learn about Indigenous life and history in the region. Several of the Northern Territory’s remote communities have their own galleries and also stage annual cultural and sporting festivals to showcase their traditional customs and talent to the world. The Garma, Barunga, Merrepin and Walking with Spirits Festivals are all prominent on the Territory’s Indigenous cultural calendar.
Visits from national and international touring performances and exhibitions - combined with strong local arts scene focus - fuel a dynamic creative environment. No matter what your preference in music, fine arts or any of the visual arts, you'll find something to interest you in the Territory.
For more information about arts and culture in the NT go to the Do the NT website.