For the month of August, the city of Darwin comes alive with the running of the Darwin Festival – or what we locals call D Fest.
For 18 days, the Festival takes over town with Civic Park in the City turned into a daily night time picnic under the stars while the Lighthouse, the Botanical Gardens Amphitheater and other venues host a jam-packed program of music, theatre, visual art, dance and cabaret events. There’s also a host of free events too.
The easy highlight of this years program was a sold-out Saturday night show by SAFIA at the Lighthouse. For one of the hottest acts going around at the mo, shout out to the D Fest organisers for securing the guys who are selling out shows around the country.
Local DJ’s Sietta followed the set with beats that kept the crowd going well into the night/morning and Remi even took to the stage for an impromptu duet a night after his own show. AND he was also spied grooving his way across the d floor and getting down with the locals. What a legend!
We’ll miss our Festival Park catch ups, cocktails and palm tree swizzle sticks.. thanks for the memories #DFest15.
It’s a safe bet the Darwin Cup is always a great day out. And 2015 didn’t disappoint.
The day after ‘The Hangover Cruise’… it was a slow start… (see The Hangover Cruise post and pics to understand why…) But.. Darwin Cup weekend was always going to be a marathon not a sprint. And just like the thoroughbreds set to line up in the Cup, we called on all the endurance we could, to get past the post.
Once again, we were kindly hosted in the CUB marquee (aka major sponsors Carlton United Breweries) and the photo above was taken on a new feature of the marquee this year – the Sky Deck. What a view!
This year, outfit-wise I went with a skirt-top-combo as I think there is less chance of someone wearing the same outfit! Flashback 2013… arghhhhhhhhhh!
Fashion aside, as with all good Darwin Cups the day ended dancing with friends on the lawn as the sun set… the Cup long run and won.
The appropriately named, The Hangover Cruise was held on the Sunday of the Darwin Cup long weekend.
This meant that most cruise-goers were a) hungover from the Darwin Cup Gala Ball the night before, b) hungover from regular Saturday night festivities c) preparing to be hungover for the Darwin Cup the following day (which is a public holiday for the main race day of the year in Darwin) or d) just hanging out for some fun in the sun.
A new event on the Darwin social calendar this year, The Hangover Cruise was pure genius by the super-talented @PippatheTrader (aka Pippa who owns The Trader cafe in Winnellie).
The style set were mostly decked out in classic white and nautical theme with more than a few reflector sunnies.
Beats were provided by DJ Christian K and was a mix of classic chill and a decent dose of ol’ skool hip hop with an impromptu performance on the bongo drums from local lads, Jed and Julian. If you didn’t get your groove on the boat did it for you.
End result: everyone was swaying one way or another.