Darwin Airport invests in the cultural vitality of the Top End by partnering with local arts organisations. We're a proud supporter of iconic theatre venues, of festivals large and small, and companies with community at their heart. Learn more about the non-profit groups with whom we regularly work.
In early 2015, Brown’s Mart launched the Darwin International Airport BUILD UP Program, which offers residencies to Top End theatre makers. The seeding and development program provides NT-based theatre and artistic teams a month in the Brown’s Mart Studio to investigate, explore and develop new ideas for live performance that will form the basis of future seasons of theatre. Brown’s Mart has supported local artists for over 40 years, and it's estimated more than 23,000 people will visit the iconic Darwin venue in 2015.
DIA is a Major Partner of the Darwin Festival, an exciting 18 days and nights of local and touring performances and events including outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts. DIA is very proud to be a part of the Festival’s growth, witnessing the ways in which it fosters local talent and develops the interstate and international connections that will benefit Darwin for the years to come.
Darwin International Film Festival
DIA was one of Darwin International Film Festival’s founding partners and is proud to continue its support as DIFF grows. DIFF has something unique to offer audiences: an intriguing and entertaining annual program of curated film and screen workshops, held in the idyllic setting of Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema. DIFF films are a special mix of comedy, documentary and drama from around Australia and the globe, none before screened in the Territory.
Tracks Dance Company
Tracks Dance has been using the airport’s Aviation Institute venue to stage performances for the past few years, and this year DIA joined the innovative community dance company as a sponsor. Tracks creates inclusive works that explore the cultures and diverse character of the Top End, bringing them to life through costuming, choreography and collaboration. Local audiences are able to enjoy the pieces in a variety of unique locations as Tracks looks for ways to use Darwin’s hidden spaces and natural landscapes in its shows.
MusicNT Saltwater Divas
Desert Divas is a music development program for Indigenous female artists from Central Australia. Produced by MusicNT, the program includes songwriting, music industry and performance workshops, as well as the annual Desert Divas Showcase.
Desert Divas started in 2010 with six participants and has since engaged over 120 Indigenous women aged 6-40yrs. As the first program to offer targeted music opportunities to Aboriginal women, Desert Divas has such wide appeal and demand that in 2013 we expanded to include Saltwater Divas in Darwin and Barkly Divas in Tennant Creek.
DIA became involved with the Divas program in 2015 after it had expanded to Darwin. The Divas program has direct artistic, industry and employment benefits for the girls who participate, as well far-reaching positive impacts on the wider community. The Divas are regularly booked to perform at other shows, and MusicNT employs previous participants as mentors, assistant mentors, coordinators and trainees, providing pathways into employment and the music industry.