DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Darwin Waterfront [Darwin]
|Address:||Kitchener Drive Darwin|
On Sunday 4 June 2023, City of Darwin is hosting the Dragon Boat Festival at the Darwin Waterfront as a free event for all members of the community.
The history of dragon boats is steeped in a rich fabric of ancient ceremony and ritual and can be traced back more than 2000 years in China. Modern dragon boat racing is a fast-paced team sport that fosters inclusivity, fun, fosters sports comradery, and has enjoyed healthy support since its first introduction in 1998 in Darwin.
Dragon boat racing demonstrations will run over the course of the day, showcasing a rare and unique cultural experience with the local Darwin community. The dragon boat races will be run in the spirit of fun and festivity and not be held to international standards. Experienced teams from Darwin’s Sister Cities will also be participating in the races, facilitating deep cultural exchange connections between our cities.
A traditional dragon boat eye-dotting ceremony will take place at the beginning of the festival.
The festival’s program will also feature hands-on, interactive activities and cultural displays, including traditional performances, painting, paper cutting, mahjong, Chinese calligraphy and more to showcase our diverse and vibrant Darwin community.
For more information on the festival, visit the City of Darwin website