City of Darwin's Arts and Cultural Development portfolio plays a key role in establishing opportunities for community arts education and participation, progressing artistic professionalism, showcasing Darwin's creative talent, creating a sense of shared identity for our City, stimulating local economy, and promoting well-being at both individual and community levels.
Council plays the roles of provider, funder, partner, facilitator and advocate of arts and cultural development throughout the municipality, outlined in our 10 year strategic plan Darwin 2030: City for People. City of Colour.
Darwin’s vibrant arts, cultural heritage and creative industries are born out of its unique history, including being home to some of the oldest continuing living cultures on earth. The Larrakia people, the Traditional Owners of the Darwin region, have a deep connection with their country. Darwin is also a growing community of diverse cultural heritage with 60 plus nationalities calling our city home.
We work with the creative sector and the community to foster an environment in which creativity can flourish and grow because we believe that a harmonious and health community is actively engaged in arts and cultural activities.
Our Arts Plan 2015-2020
Our arts and cultural activities are underpinned by the City of Darwin Arts Plan 2015-2020.
The key themes and goals have been developed as a result of conversations with the community and also support Council’s key strategic priorities.
The four themes that have been identified as priorities for 2015-2020 are:
- Public Art
- Creative Spaces
- Access and Participation
- Arts Development, Opportunity and Connectivity
For a copy of the Arts Plan click here
All enquiries, please contact the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator