Territory Day 2015

In celebration of Territory Day, Barkly Regional Arts and Barkly Regional Council joined forces to create an exciting community event filled with original Territory music, a delicious pop-up food market restaurant, fun activities, and of course, loads of spectacular fireworks. Funded by Festivals NT (through the auspices of Araluen Arts Centre), over 300 Barkly locals flocked to Tennant Creek’s Purkiss Reserve and banded together in celebration of the beginning of the Territory’s Self Government on 1 July, 1978.


Kicking off the event was the launch of the Urban Art Project at the newly built Tennant Creek Skate Park. The project features creative graffiti designs by the youth of Tennant Creek and is a great addition to the many iconic murals and street art designs around the town.

There is surely no better way to celebrate ‘the Territory’ than to showcase our renowned local arts and culture. With sound and lighting courtesy of Barkly Regional Arts’ Winanjjikari Music Centre, the stage was set for a rocking night of home-grown Territory talent. Local powerhouse and Territory rock icon Chris ‘Wheezy’ Helmond stripped back the band (Unbroken Expanse) to deliver a powerful and memorable solo set – his crowd revving antics and energetic stage presence never failing to win over audiences. Winanjjikari All-star member and revered Territory musician Brendan Hines captivated audiences yet again with his powerful songs and stories. And father-daughter duo Rayella were a hit as usual. Their beautiful harmonies, stories of country and culture, and songs sung in language resonated deeply with the crowd.


Tennant Creek audiences were treated to a special performance from Alice Springs local and 2013 NT Song of the Year winner Dave Crowe. Having recently returned from recording in Los Angeles with renowned producer Francois Tetaz, Dave wowed audiences with his heartfelt lyrics and angelic-like voice, earning himself some dedicated new fans. Complementing an already remarkable all-Territory line-up, the much loved and highly celebrated Warren H Williams appeared as a surprise special guest. Busting out a number of his well-known hits, this true gentleman and iconic NT artist led audiences in a number irresistible sing-along’s.


Topping off a truly spectacular evening, Territorians did what Territorians do best on Territory Day…we blew stuff up! The sky streaked with a flurry of colour and chaos (controlled chaos that is) and happy faces were illuminated by the annual fireworks display.

With great art, inspiring musicians, delectable food and endless fun, the 2015 Territory Day celebrations were an overwhelming success and a great example of a remarkable community working and celebrating together.



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