PROM­I­NENT indige­nous mu­si­cian Dr G. Yunupingu will be farewelled at a me­mo­rial ser­vice in Dar­win to­mor­row.

Dr Yunupingu died in July, aged 46, fol­low­ing a bat­tle with kid­ney and liver disease. He was an ARIA award-win­ning artist, sell­ing more than half a mil­lion al­bums singing in his na­tive Yol­ngu, and had per­formed for US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the Pope and the Queen.

The me­mo­rial ser­vice will be at the Dar­win Con­ven­tion Cen­tre from 10.45am.

Chief Min­is­ter Michael Gun­ner will be among those to de­liver a eu­logy to the blind mu­si­cian from El­cho Is­land, who first gained promi­nence as a mem­ber of the Yothu Yindi band.

“The ser­vice will be a cel­e­bra­tion of Dr G’s life and a tribute to a re­mark­able man and Ter­ri­to­rian,” Mr Gun­ner said.

“Dr G was one of the NT’s most cel­e­brated and revered artists whose mu­sic will live on within the mil­lions of peo­ple around the world he shared it with. The ser­vice will give Ter­ri­to­ri­ans an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect, re­mem­ber and re­joice in the life of a true mu­si­cal icon.”

De­spite be­ing an in­ter­na­tional megas­tar, a singer of global renown who shared mi­cro­phones with the likes of El­ton John, Sting, Paul Kelly and a Who’s Who of Aus­tralian mu­sic roy­alty, Dr G was a Yol­ngu man who never lost his in­ti­mate con­nec­tion to coun­try, fam­ily and the mu­sic which cap­ti­vated mil­lions.

Trib­utes have flowed from far and wide for the enigmatic char­ac­ter who touched lives across the globe through his mu­sic.

His le­gacy lives on in his foun­da­tion that cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties, but also in the im­pact he had on young mu­si­cians and the chil­dren who grew up dream­ing to his songs.

A film about the life of Dr G. Yunupingu will be a high­light at this year’s Dar­win In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Co-pro­ducer and Skin­ny­fish di­rec­tor Mark Grose said the film was a gen­uine in­sight into a side of the tal­ented per­former many never got to see.

“It tracks his mu­si­cal jour­ney from a young fella in a re­mote com­mu­nity through to his suc­cess as an in­ter­na­tional per­former,” he said.

The Doc­u­men­tary of Dr G. Yunupingu’s Life by Paul Wil­liams will screen at the Dar­win En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Septem­ber 23, with spe­cial guest per­for­mances. FOR too long, Ter­ri­to­ri­ans want­ing to com­bine a beer and a block­buster have been ban­ished to the liv­ing room couch.

This Fri­day, when Event Cinemas Palmer­ston opens its doors, adult movie­go­ers will fi­nally be able to or­der a wine with their pop­corn.

Event Cinemas Palmer­ston gen­eral man­ager Luke Ro­bards said the new Vmax cin­ema was the first of its kind in Dar­win.

Mr Ro­bards said the seats were larger, with ex­tra legroom to stretch out in front of the 21.7m screen.

“It’s the best way to watch a movie,” he said.

He’s look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the Stephen King hor­ror movie It on the big screen.

“It’s scary enough as it is but with the big screen, and the new sound sys­tem, it will be more in­tense.”

Movie buff Caitlin Guy is look­ing for­ward to the first film she will see on the big screen but is equally im­pressed by the cin­ema’s culi­nary of­fer­ings.

“I can’t watch a movie with­out food,” she said.

Gate­way Shop­ping Cen­tre opens Stage 1 this Fri­day, Septem­ber 22.

Pic­ture: Patrina Malone

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