Northern Territory Performing Arts Awards Finalists Announced

Northern Territory Performing Arts Awards Finalists Announced

Talented and inspiring artists and arts workers are being recognised for the valuable contribution they make to the Northern Territory’s inspirational performing arts sector at the NT Performing Arts Awards. The NT Government’s Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities announced the 25 individual and performance finalists for the 2023 NT Performing Arts Awards, which recognise the achievements of Territorians on stage, in the classroom, and behind-the-scenes, and celebrate those who make a creative difference to our community.

A violinist who performed with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, a circus trainer kindling a passion for circus in countless people and communities, and an artistic director of a youth dance company uniting dance with social activism are among those being recognised for their outstanding contributions to performing arts.

With 70 submissions spanning eight categories including outstanding performer, behind the scenes and legend awards, judges had the challenge of selecting the finalists from various fields including dance, music, theatre, opera, circus, and comedy.

‘The Northern Territory has such an amazing and inspiring performing art community producing unique and impressive works that contribute to so much our cities, remote communities, and regional centres,’ said Emma White, Acting Chief Executive, Territory Families, Housing and Communities. ‘These awards are a fantastic way to pay tribute to the spirit, impact, and legacy of the performing arts sector, as well as the contribution made to the NT’s economy and liveability.’

To find out more about the finalists, visit Voting is now also open for the People’s Choice Award. Voting closes midnight on Tuesday 14 November 2023. To vote, visit

The winners will be announced at the NT Performing Arts Awards night on Monday 20 November.

Pictured: ‘Legend Award’ finalist, Shellie Morris AO. Photo by LaVonne Bobongie.

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