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Published on : Monday, June 29, 2015
“On 1 July each year, we celebrate the Territory’s history, our achievements, our unique lifestyle and our amazing people. This year we’ll be marking our 37th anniversary of self-governance,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.
“Territory Day in 2015 will be bigger and better with a series of signature events to be held in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs to create a sense of local celebration and Territory-wide unity.
“The Northern Territory Government is supporting a range of free family friendly community events to celebrate Territory Day in 15 locations across the Territory.
“Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine public events will also be greatly enhanced this year and feature a range of new entertainment attractions as well as the traditional fireworks.”
In Darwin, Jessica Mauboy will perform as the headline act at a free concert on Mindil Beach and will be supported by Djuki Mala (the Chooky Dancers), Anna Bousted and After the Rain, Room 105, and Dave Graham & The Moving Targets.
The giant 24m x 12 metre NT flag will again be parachuted onto the beach in a spectacular tribute just before sunset. The Darwin event kicks off at 5pm.
In Katherine, a large scale community dance event, K-Town Dance Massive and community fireworks display will be held at Katherine Show Grounds. This is a partner event with the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Art and Culture Centre.
In Alice Springs, the Territory Government is partnering with Red Hot Arts to hold a Street Party BBQ in the Todd Mall from 5pm. A seniors’ lunch at the Araluen Arts Centre and new historical displays at The Residency will also be launched on Territory Day.
The Street Party BBQ includes a BBQ dinner and performances by Circosis, Desert Mulga, Dusty Feet Dance Collective, So Real and King Marong and Safara. The community fireworks display will be held at ANZAC Oval at 7pm.
In Tennant Creek, a Territory Day Community Pop-Up Dinner Party will start at 6pm on Purkiss Reserve. This family friendly event and fireworks display will feature local performers – Dave Crow, Rayella, Brenden Hines and Chris “Wheezy” Helmond.
There will also be fireworks displays across the regional areas of Palmerston, Yulara, Bathurst Island, Coomalie, Cox Peninsula, Dundee Beach, Jabiru, Pine Creek, Mataranka, Berry Springs and Nhulunbuy.
“So come along and have a great time celebrating Territory Day and what it means to be a Territorian,” Mr Giles said.