The revitalisation of Darwin CBD has taken a significant step forward with an Expression of Interest (EOI) process opening this weekend for arts proposals to enliven our capital city centre.

The Territory Labor Government has separately already committed $100 million towards the rejuvenation of the Darwin CBD, earmarking major projects that will transform the NT capital into a tropical tourist and cultural destination and creating thousands of local jobs.

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss today announced that round 1 of the EOI will see grants of up to $50,000 available for arts and creative activities through the inaugural LIVE Darwin: ARTS program. She said this will enable projects to happen immediately on the ground in Darwin before the bigger, longer-term CBD revitalisation projects kick in. There will be a second round later in the year.

An arts program will also be provided for Alice Springs CBD with details to be released in coming weeks.

The NT Government has already prioritised the revamp of State Square, moving CDU students into the City, and building tourist and cultural attractions in the CBD as part of its $100 million plan (see link to media release below for details).

“We have listened to local business and the community and are taking action to revitalise the Darwin CBD because a thriving tropical capital will be good for the entire Territory,” Ms Moss said.

“The aim of the new LIVE Darwin: ARTS program is to quickly activate the Mall and surrounding areas of the CBD as well as vacant shop spaces with interesting arts and creative activities to entice more locals and visitors into our CBD.

“It will help rejuvenate the CBD and be part of our plans to transform the Darwin city centre into a world-class tourist and cultural destination.

“The Territory Labor Government has the vision and plan to transform and revitalise the Darwin CBD and create Australia’s defining Capital of the North.”

Funding from the LIVE Darwin: ARTS is offered for one-off projects or regular programming that:

  • raises the profile of Darwin’s CBD through arts and creative activities;
  • enhances the Darwin CBD for visitors and locals;
  • showcases and celebrates Darwin’s CBD, the diversity of our community and our artistic talent;
  • builds partnerships between retailers, community groups, the arts and cultural sector, events and festivals and the community to enliven the CBD: and
  • focuses on the Mall and surrounding areas in the CBD

“I encourage arts organisations, groups, individual artists and creative producers to get an application in as soon as possible,” Ms Moss said.  

The first round of LIVE Darwin: ARTS opens for EOI on Saturday 3 June 2017 and closes at 5pm, Friday 30 June 2017. Round two will follow soon after.

For further information please contact LIVE Darwin: ARTS team via or through Arts NT on1800 678 237.

LIVE Darwin Arts website

LIVE Darwin Arts artwork - Artwork by local artist Danny Crichton, Nightcliff.