The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019
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THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA HOT August night just got a little hotter this year with comic supernova Wil Anderson the latest addition to the Darwin Festival line-up. Anderson, the star of Gruen and one of Australias biggest comedic drawcards, will bring his award-winning show Wilegal to the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Saturday, August 24. Darwin Festival artistic director Felix Preval said the addition of Anderson to the bill would offer festival-goers the chance to see some of the best comedy in the country. Were thrilled to have Wil Anderson in this years festival program. Hes one of Australias best-known and loved comedians, and right now hes at the top of his game, Mr Preval said. The show he is bringing to Darwin Festival is pure comic genius. Anderson, the host of hit podcast Wilosophy, joins fellow audience favourite and comic headliner Tom Gleeson on the Darwin Festival lineup. We always have a great comedy program, and this year will be no different with plenty more acts to be announced in June, Mr Preval said. Tickets for Wilegal as well as 10 other early release shows are on sale now at darwinfestival.org.au, with the full program set to go on sale on Friday, June 21. ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE STARTS P13Wil Anderson will bring his award-winning show Wilegal to the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Saturday, August 24 DO you remember the street parade at the first Bougainvillea Festival 40 years ago? Then Darwin Festival could use your help. Territorians are being urged to raid the deep recesses of cupboards and filing cabinets for photos to feature in a grand visual display marking the 40th anniversary of the inaugural Darwin Festival. The best submissions, which can include written reflections, will make the final artwork to be screened throughout the festival. The crowd-sourced photos and stories will complement the work of local artist Huni Bolliger, who is already at work compiling the 15-minute video montage. Darwin Festival artistic director Felix Preval said the effort would recapture the magic of the festivals early years. The grand parade ran for 20 years and is well-loved by the people of Darwin, he said. Wed like to pay homage to the festivals history. The visual spectacle will be projected on the walls of the lighthouse venue at Festival Park, with footage sourced from NT Library archives and NT News and local citizens. Were hoping there are great photos tucked away under peoples beds, Mr Preval said. Territorians can contribute their photos and reflections by visiting darwinfestival.org.au DONGHAI Airlines will increase its Northern Territory flights from two per week to three per week from mid-July through August. The airline said the extra service would meet increased demand over this period. Today is exactly one year since Donghai began its direct flight service to Darwin from Shenzhen. NT Airports chief executive officer Ian Kew said the Donghai services have resulted in real benefits to the Territory economy. In the nine months to February the airline has carried 7005 passengers on the route. Of these passengers, 3715 were inbound to Darwin and 3290 were outbound. Using an average spend of $1916 per Chinese visitor (the latest figures from the International Visitor Survey for the year ending December 2018) these flights have brought $7.1 million in new visitor expenditure into the Territory. Inbound passenger loads between Shenzhen and Darwin were 74 per cent in Janu ary 2019 and 65 per cent in February 2019. These services create ongoing opportunities to support business and tourism growth, international education and open up new supply channels for airfreight, Mr Kew said. Chinese visitors arriving in Darwin on the Wednesday service from Shenzhen can now connect directly to Uluru on the new Qantas direct service from Darwin, which is an attractive option to time-poor Asian and European travellers. Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture deputy chief executive Andrew Hopper said the figures and the announcement of an extra flight were great news for the Territory. Donghai flight increase One year on and Shenzhen inbound numbers rising It will take time to buildsustainable demand for direct travel between China and Darwin, but already we are seeing promising results, Mr Hopper said. To build on these results the NT Government, through Tourism NT, is continuing to invest in inbound tourism. We also encourage Territorians to use the flights to access not only Shenzhen but also Hong Kong and other Asian destinations. GARY SHIPWAY EXCLUSIVE Can you help to chronicle festival? 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