Vi­brant colours of street art in­ject new life into city

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

sarah.matthews1@news.com.au

THE Dar­win Street Art Fes­ti­val is set to go ahead this year, with the aim of re­vi­tal­is­ing the Dar­win CBD for when the COVID-19 pan­demic is over.

Tak­ing place for its third year from May to Septem­ber, the fes­ti­val will see a to­tal of 15 lo­cal artists each cre­at­ing a new mu­ral around the city.

In or­der to meet so­ciald­is­tanc­ing reg­u­la­tions, the mu­rals will be de­liv­ered a fort­night apart, with lo­cals and vis­i­tors able to ex­plore the trail through Dar­win City in be­tween.

Mem­ber for Port Dar­win

Paul Kirby said the new ap­proach aimed to breathe new life into the city and sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses to bounce back af­ter the cri­sis.

“The Ter­ri­tory La­bor Govern­ment con­tin­ues to make our Dar­win CBD a more vi­brant and at­trac­tive place for peo­ple to en­joy,” he said.

“Mak­ing sure there are jobs for Ter­ri­to­ri­ans, sup­port for lo­cal busi­ness and a safe rein­tro­duc­tion into ac­tiv­i­ties will mean we are ready to re­bound from coronaviru­s.

“We’ve seen vi­brancy en­hanced through­out the city through the re­sound­ing suc­cess of the Ter­ri­tory Govern­ment-funded Dar­win Street Art Fes­ti­val.”

Sub­mis­sions are now open for artists wish­ing to make a mu­ral as a part of the 2020 fes­ti­val and close on May 15.

Lo­cal artists are also en­cour­aged to sub­mit ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to cre­ate an­i­ma­tions for the Dar­win Street Art Fes­ti­val App. Go to dar­win­stree­tart­fes­ti­val .com.au for more de­tails.

Pic­ture: GLENN CAMP­BELL

The Dar­win Street Art Fes­ti­val will re­turn this year with im­ages to ri­val Tay­lor Smith's work in Austin Lane

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