Join Harsel & Paryvn Singh and learn some of the moves that you see in Bollywood movies. Bhangra music from Punjab (NW India & Pakistan) is a great favourite of the Indian Film industry and from its humble origins as a harvest folk dance has taken its place as the major influence in Indian dance. Energetic, graceful but easy to follow moves. Great for both guys and girls.

Date: 13 Aug
Times: 9.30am - 90 min workshop
Venue: Star Shell, Botanic Gardens
Price: $10
Bookings: Call Darwin Festival on 8981 0083


Strengthening the Relationship with Indonesia

Close Neighbours - Strong Partners is a conference aimed at honouring and celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence and to advance and strengthen the Australia - Indonesia relationship and links with the Northern Territory.

Topics will include arts and culture cooperation, relationship strengthening activities, infrastructure, investment and financial development as well as technology cooperation and services sector opportunities and cooperation.

Date: Mon 15 Aug
Time: Registration - 8.00am
Venue: Charles Darwin University - Mal Nairn Auditorium
Price: Due to further sponsor support, the cost of registration has been reduced to $20/$10 students with ID.
Bookings: 1800 193 111

Jan Preston

Jan Preston is recognised as one of Australia's leading female screen composers. Jan began writing music for theatre and dance in the late 1970s, and was led into film via a documentary for NZ actor, Sam Neil. Thus began a love affair with the screen which has resulted in her scoring for hundreds of documentaries and 7 feature films. Her current project is composing for the third 6 part AUSTRALIAN DYNASTIES Series for ABC TV. She also loves to compose live music for silent films and has performed 12 of these in Sydney for the National Film and Sound Archive, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Film Festival.

Jan has won 3 awards for her film scores, one being Best Music In A Documentary for the film AN IMAGINARY LIFE. Her most unusual film employment was giving Jane Campion piano lessons in her research for THE PIANO, and she was screen composition lecturer at the AFTRS from 1997 to 1999. Jan Preston is also a blues singer, songwriter and piano player and plays festivals and shows throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Date: Sat 13 Aug
Time: 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue: Conference Room, Frog Hollow

For bookings, call the Darwin Festival on 08 89981 0083


Music NT presents a series of professional skills development workshops as part of the NT Music Festival program. Workshops are designed to empower and enable NT contemporary original musicians to obtain knowledge of where the music industry is heading and to make valuable contacts with music industry professionals.

Workshops will include the The Indie Special - presented by APRA and will focus on the independent music sector. A panel of special guests will speak about the opportunities and advantages of going down the independent route and the challenges that face independent songwriters, composers and artists. Special guests will include Philip Mortlock, Managing Director Origin Network and Sebastian Chase, Managing Director MGM and others.

For more information, call Music NT on (08) 8981 1995, email or visit


Enjoy this fantastic two-day drum camp involving drumming, dance and percussion workshops as well as traditional African cuisine. People are welcome to bring their own drums.

Dates: 2 - 4 Sep
Venue: Annaburroo

Information and bookings: 8985 3517 or 0438 438 996


Introduction to Contemporary Dance Workshop

A high energy workshop for drama and dance students of all ages with limited experience, and physical education and drama teachers. Fun but challenging physical dance experience incorporating contemporary technique, yoga, breakdance and some more gymnastic style moves. 20 people per workshop.

Date: 26 Aug
Times: 11am &- 2pm - Indigenous people encouraged to attend
Venue: Rehearsal room, Darwin Entertainment Centre
Price: FREE. Available to Birdbrain ticket-holders only
Bookings: 8980 3333