Young Territorians to experience brand new Dark Skies Festival

Hundreds of Northern Territory school students have been invited to attend the new Dark Skies Festival for free as part of an educational program hosted by Earth Sanctuary.

The Dark Skies Festival, which runs from 6-14 May 2021, will celebrate our innate connection to the astonishing Central Australian night skies through a fusion of art, science and culture. This includes projection-based artworks, scientific talks, musical performances, workshops and more.

Earth Sanctuary Director and Festival Co-Director Tom Falzon said the Earth Sanctuary team was thrilled to have more than 500 students partake in this year’s Dark Skies Festival.

“Our educational evenings from May 10-13 have seen incredible interest, the response signalling the true value of space exploration, science and art to our future minds. We can’t wait to join the students and teachers under the Milky Way for what will be an extraordinary experience for all,” he said.

Dark Skies Festival Manager Anna Dakin said it was great they could share the experience with school groups in Alice Springs.

“These kids are going to have so much fun hula hooping. There is nothing like learning through play,” she said.

If you are a teacher and you want your class to be in with a chance of securing one of the limited school spots, register your Expression of Interest here.

Parents, don’t despair. If your child’s class misses out, the family friendly astronomy and arts festival will also hold a special workshop for children on 8 May 2021.

Local performance company Circosis will combine learning with play as they teach young ones how to hula-hoop under the stars as they learn about the orbits of planets in our solar system. Click here for more info.

Tickets for this special, one-off experience are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Dark Skies Festival is supported by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company.

To find out more about the festival, visit or follow the Dark Skies Festival Facebook page.