Event-loving Australians can look forward to a thriving 2023 events calendar in the Territory, with 39 events to receive $2.4 million through the Northern Territory Government’s Event Funding Program (EFP), administered by Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC). Categories of funding include community, event development, mass participation and major event.
Twenty-five of the events were granted multi-year deals, providing organisers the ability to better plan for the future.
Exciting new funded events include the Big Name, No Blankets NT Community Tour - a touring rock-and-roll theatre show. The event celebrates the iconic Warumpi Band’s inspiring journey from the remote NT community of Papunya to international fame. It showcases the Luritja, Gumatj and Warlpiri languages, as well as culture and dance from Central Australia and the stunning landscapes of North East Arnhem Land.
Fan favourite events such as Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta, Katherine Junk Festival, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Chariots of Thunder Sprintcar Series and the Barunga Festival have again received funding and will draw in thousands of locals and tourists across the high and low seasons.