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Electric Fields, Gary Lang and more set to perform at Darwins Garrmalang Festival

Rhiannon Clarke -

Electric Fields, the acclaimed electronic music duo, will team up with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra for a unique performance at Garrmalang Festival 2024.

Led by DSO Resident Conductor Stephen Pevely, the orchestra will present reimagined versions of Electric Fields' songs arranged by Alex Hurley, featuring vocals from Belle Bangard, Alyson Joyce, and the Antara singers Zaavan Fields, Sandra Pumani, and Audrey Umala.

Electric Fields vocalist and Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara man Zaachariaha Fielding said they are excited to be in Darwin.

"I love going back to Larrakia Country, all our shows have been wonderful, and the energy is always new. Darwin has a real sexy rock and roll vibe, like Tina Turner," Fielding said.

Although Darwin Dry Seasons complete program remains undisclosed, Garrmalang's respected Creative Director Ben Graetz is back in charge and is thrilled to reveal this exciting news that will shape the 2024 program.

"I'm excited and honoured to be working on Garrmalang Festival this year as Creative Director," Mr Graetz said.

Electric Fields have also been chosen to represent Australia in Eurovision (Image: supplied)

"Having been involved with the Festival since 2014, I am so proud seeing the event grow and build over the years and support so many local and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers, artists and community members."

This exciting partnership is sure to uplift spirits and keep attendees dancing well into the night, all the way to the official afterparty at Garrmalang Festival Club; organised by Indigenous producers from the local community.

DSO General Manager, Kate Stephens, said they are delighted to take the stage with iconic duo Electric Fields as part of Garrmalang Festival.

"Hot on the heels of their appearance at Eurovision, this performance will be full of energy, and I know audiences will be transported by this special collaboration," Ms Stephens said.

"I can't wait to see everyone up and dancing."

NT Dance Company's production, Artistic Director Gary Lang will be making a highly anticipated return to the Darwin Entertainment Centre (DEC) with The Other Side of Me for two nights on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May.

Following its successful run last year, this captivating performance brings to life the remarkable journey of a young Aboriginal man who was born in the 1960s in the Northern Territory.

Drawing inspiration from a collection of approximately 30 letters and poems, The Other Side of Me offers a profound glimpse into the inner thoughts and emotions of this extraordinary individual.

Artistic Director Gary Lang new work The other side of me. (Image: supplied)

The project involves an international, cross-cultural partnership between Northumbria University, UK, and NT Dance Company, Australia. This season, Sound Designer Arian Pearson collaborates with renowned Australian composer and musician Samuel Pankhurst to explore the musical aspects of the production in depth.

Alongside Gary Lang, they revisited North East Arnhem Land to collaborate with Cultural Advisor Banula Marika, obtaining permissions and audio recordings to incorporate manikay as the basis for the upcoming compositions.

Projection designer Samuel James, with extensive global experience in large-scale urban mapping, is a new addition to the team. James, accompanied by Banula Marika, captured footage of the stormy landscape of North East Arnhem Land.

Audiences can anticipate a poignant portrayal of the beauty of Australia and a poignant reflection on the consequences of the protagonist's separation from his homeland in this interpretation of the performance.

The highly anticipated Big Black Dot Comedy Spectacular is back on the Festival calendar, set to conclude the festivities on Saturday 25th May. This year, the event will pay tribute to the legendary Warramunga warrior and original Deadly Darwin comedian, Kumanjai Lewis.

Big Black Dot Comedy Spectacular. (Image: supplied)

Big Black Dot Comedy Spectacular will be hosted by Steven Oliver, the special evening also featuring Deadly Darwin comedians and surprise guests, making it a must-see event of the Festival.

The Garrmalang Festival, now in its ninth year, remains a shining gem in the cultural landscape of the Northern Territory.

Celebrating the world's oldest living culture, this festival takes place at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

With a history of showcasing and nurturing First Nations works, the DEC has been instrumental in supporting the creative minds behind the Garrmalang Festival since its beginning.

As Darwin's sole major multi-arts event led by a First Nations creative team, the festival breathes life into the city, pulsating with energy and innovation.

Tickets are available here.


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