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End of Year Closure

Darwin Community Arts - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:15

In compliance with the Gregorian Calendar, we advice that DCA will be closed from COB Friday 22, December, and we will re-open Tuesday 2,  January at 9:30am.

In acknowledging diversity, in all its aspects, we understand that this time of year means different things to different people; it is therefore our hope that during this time you will keep your heads on while many others tend to lose theirs.

Thank you for your continued support, see you again in 2018! 

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November Community Dinner

Darwin Community Arts - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 14:56

The last Community Dinner for 2017 will be held Monday November 27 at the Chambers Crescent Theatre, Malak Shopping Centre. This month's theme coincides with the National Day of Listening. So, we encourage participants to share stories while enjoying the delicious food prepared by My Sisters' Kitchen and volunteers.

During the dinner and vociferous conversations, voice recorders will be roaming the room capturing some of the stories shared. We'll edit some of the audio, make a short clip and publish it on our Facebook page.

As discussed at the last community dinner, we encourage participants to eat as to heart desire, but there will be no take-aways. Instead we encourage everyone to decorate stickers which we will affix on take away containers that will be distributed in various camps in the neighbourhoods later in the evening.

We will also collect email addresses from participants who wish to be informed of developments in our 2018 programs and activities, who may not follow our website or Facebook page.

See you next Monday

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Electric Africa: The Digital Orchestra

Tagtool - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 18:57

Last weekend OMAi collaborated with ART X Lagos, West Africa’s premier international art fair in Nigeria. ART X and Absolut presented a live show with visual artists and musicians called the Electric Africa: The Digital Orchestra. All the ingredients blended into an extraordinary audiovisual experience!

Teaming up

The visual part was provided by the up-and-coming artists Osaze Amadasun and Williams Chechet from Lagos. AWCA, a creative agency from Lagos, hooked them up with Josef Dorninger of the OMAi crew to present their Tagtool art at the show. The sound was presented by popular young Nigerian singers and musicians Poe, Tomi Thomas and Wavy the Creator.

Getting ready

Within no time the artists were fluid with Tagtool and adapted their individual styles to this new medium. They developed the concept for the live show together with the musicians during rehearsals. They were ready for action!

The big show

The show was a big success. Osaze and Williams rocked on Tagtool, in the flow with the beats of the orchestra and the vocals. The audience celebrated this creative experiment!


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Monday Music Jam

Darwin Community Arts - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:28

We would like to inform participants in our Monday nights Music Jam that the jams will be suspended on Monday 6 and 13 of November. The Jams will resume November 20, at 7:30pm as normal. We apologise for the inconvenience.

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Vehicle Appeal

Darwin Community Arts - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:54

To our valued supporters,

We are looking for a vehicle for our expanding programs and operations. We are appealing to companies, organisations or individuals that may be willing to donate, or sell for a moderate sum, a utility, or a dual cab or a sedan, in good and reliable working conditions.

If you think you can assist, please ring nic 8945 7347; email

You can also assist by distributing this appeal through your networks.

Your continued support is highly appreciated.

The DCA Collective


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Tagtool - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:42

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Darwin Laptop Orchestra (DLORk) at Laneway Artspace Launch

Darwin Community Arts - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:22

Darwin Laptop Orchestra (DLOrk) will play at the launch of Koulla Roussos's "Laneway Artspace" at the laneway between NT House and TIO Centre on Mitchell Street on Friday, 6:15 PM, 29 September 2017. The Laneway Artspace is a Live Darwin project curated by Koulla Roussos, and featuring iconic works by Frank Gohier from his Red Hand print collection, and experimental video art by seven emerging local experimental video artists. DLOrk will present improvisational pieces and will involve audience members to make music or sound art (or noise) with them as part of a participatory performance.

Date(s): Friday, 29 September 2017 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm
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CemeNTworx Presents Bedroom Farce

Darwin Community Arts - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:50

CemenNTworx Presents

Bedroom Farce

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Tony Rive

7pm Oct 19 - 21 Chambers Cres Theatre

16 Mathews Rd, Malak NT 0812

Parking in shopping centre carpark (Malak Marketplace site)

Tickets: $25/$15 conc. Tickets at door.

Bookings by email: Tania at

This project is supported by Cavenagh Theatre Trust.


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Ars Electronica Festival 2017

Tagtool - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:25

This year’s Ars Electronica Festival was a blast! We had five days filled with Tagtool action — the presentation of the New Tagtool, an installation at PostCity, several spontaneous outdoors projections, and a show at the amazing Deep Space.

Launch Event at Central

The New Tagtool was presented at Central, one of Ars Electronica’s venues right in the center of Linz. Markus Dorninger, OMAi’s design lead, started with a short recap of the story of the Tagtool project. After all, Tagtool is celebrating its first decade this year! After a demo of the new app, the audience could get their hands on the new app, while enjoying delicious African Sambusas with Austrian white wine.

Installation at PostCity

Throughout the festival, OMAi and the CREATE YOUR WORLD team hosted the Animation:Lab at PostCity, the main location of the Ars Electronica Festival. It offered a large panorama projection and two “micro-mapping” stations for objects (eg. Lego) to be painted with light. For nearly ten hours a day all stations where permanently in use by our visitors, many of them experiencing collaborative live painting and animation for the first time.

Special thanks to 4youreye ProjectionArt for providing the projectors!

Spontaneous Outdoor Projections

Despite the tight schedule, the Tagtool Crew went out twice for guerrilla sessions at night. The first action was a playful re-interpretation the building-sized festival poster at the entrance of PostCity during the opening event. Two days later the Offenes Kulturhaus (another festival location) received some colorful interventions.

Deep Space at Ars Electronica Center

On the last day it was time for the grand finale at the immersive Deep Space in the Ars Electronica Center. OMAi created a custom-made scenario for this special projection setup: A majestic waterfall, flowing into a magical pond inside a colorful jungle. A group of kids came by and took full advantage of this unique interactive scenery. In other words, they went completely crazy. It was Tagtool wonderland!

Tagtool Artists and Community Support

During the festival days OMAi was supported by several Tagtoolers from the worldwide community. They contributed their skills, creativity and hard work to help presenting Tagtool in the best possible way. Many  thanks and utmost respect go out to Yagu Art, Frances Sander, Dima Berzon and Tom Stockinger! Another round of special thanks is reserved for the incredible Team of U19 – Create Your World (Babsi, Lisa, Remo, Hans Christian)!


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City of Darwin Creative Skills Register

Darwin Community Arts - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 05:24

The City of Darwin is putting together a Creative Skills Register to keep artists, creative professionals, and hobbyists up to date with opportunities. City of Darwin said: "We want to increase access to creative activities, paid opportunities and professional development programs as they become available in the municipality of Darwin for artists and creatives. So we are creating a register of artists, creative professionals and hobbyists." Visit to sign up.

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Tagtool bike at dotdotdot

Tagtool - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 19:13

The bicycle turned 200 years! To celebrate this amazing fact, the Viennese short film festival DotDotDot invited OMAi to take our projection bike for a ride. Imagine interactive paintings created live and on the move — what could be better for this occasion?

Mobile Storytelling

OMAi artist Markus Dorninger got on the Tagtool bike and spun a “moving” story all the way through the 8th district of Vienna. Walls, doors, balconies and the also the street surface became the stage for improvised characters and spontaneous interactions. About 100 guests followed the action from Jodok-Fink-Platz to Tigerpark.

An Open Session to round things off

At the end of the route, Markus’ colleague Matthias Fritz put up a second Tagtool station next to the bike and invited passers-by to join the fun. He showed and explained the functionality of Tagtool to members of the crowd, who contributed their creativity to the collective artwork.

All in all a very enjoyable evening! We hope there’ll be many more centuries of biking – with and without projectors.

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Monday Night Music Jam

Darwin Community Arts - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 20:35

On Monday 18th September, 2017 DCA will host the MUSIC JAM at the DARWIN RSL NORTH, located in Marrara, tucked away on the corner of Amy Johnson Drive and McMillans Road. Access via Batten Road, next to the Filipino Community Centre.

If musos need extra info contact Daniel Pattiselanno on 0438 449 510 

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Free Music School in the Mall

Darwin Community Arts - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:54

During the October school holidays we will hold three free guitar lessons for young people aged between 10 and 16 in the Darwin Mall. This activity is part of DCA ‘The Makery’ project that aims to contribute to the transformation of the city into a Central Cultural District.

The Free Music School in the Mall is not funded, as aren’t most activities that are part of The Makery. Well, yes, we missed out on the Live Darwin funding; no sour grapes here, just a little bewilderment as to how an organisation with a track record on revitalising communities (see Malak), could be overlooked for attempts to invigorate the city.

Nonetheless, as always, equipped with more enthusiasm than resources, we continue to encourage people to participate in the arts and cultural development, and in the process make things better for everyone.

So, on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the October school holidays, from 11am to 11:45 we will have three introductory classes for budding guitar players. Parents and guardians can leave their young ones with us for the time, browse around, and then take them for a nice lunch somewhere in the city.

As mentioned, the Free Music School in the Mall is not funded, and thus we cannot provide refreshments to the participants, so please make sure that they have plenty of water and/or snacks if needed. What we can provide for participants is handouts and notes for further practising.

The activity in the Mall needs a busking permit from City of Darwin, and that can only be issued each morning, according to new regulations. If we miss out on a busking spot for the day, we won’t defy the order and expose participants to authorities enforcing the law, instead we will conduct the Free Music School in the Mall at The Makery, shop 6 West Lane Arcade.

Disclaimer: DCA will not be held responsible if following the lessons participants will nag their parents or guardians for a guitar of their own.

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The New Tagtool

Tagtool - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 21:36

OMAi is happy to present the new Tagtool, which will be available for iPads on September 16th.

The app transforms a multitouch tablet into a visual live instrument. By connecting a digital projector, artists can paint and animate on the surfaces of walls or entire buildings. Tagtool is used by creatives in over 60 countries, has received multiple awards, and was featured by Apple in videos shown at the WWDC keynote in 2014 and 2016.

The new Tagtool has been rebuilt from scratch and builds on a decade’s worth of experience with interactive projection painting. It includes several exciting new features:

Decks — allows saving and organizing animated content in “decks”.
Loop Bar — animations are visualized in a timeline view and can be manipulated intuitively.
Duplicate — layers can be duplicated in order to quickly build up complex scenes.
Rewind — drawings can be rewound seamlessly.
Learn Mode — an interactive guide explaining the user interface.

Like with the previous version of Tagtool, multiple users can collaborate in a common workspace.

The new Tagtool will be available for free in its basic version. The Pro version provides advanced brush controls, unlimited decks and the ability to create multiplayer sessions. Users can upgrade from within the app for 8.99$ / 9.99€.

This release is a major milestone for the Tagtool project and the worldwide user community. It’s the start of a continuous development phase of the tool, with new features and platforms already on the roadmap.


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Tetete at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Tagtool - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 18:43

Earlier this year OMAi’s children theatre ensemble Tetete was invited to the mighty Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. For that special occasion, the artists adapted one of their favourite stage plays Antonioni Antonini to the latest visual storytelling techniques. The little monkey’s adventures mesmerized the young audience, and all 5 shows were sold out!

A New Game of Storytelling

It was the first time for the artists to collaboratively work with the The New Tagtool, which was still under development at this time. And it changed everything! They took the audience for a journey by travelling through previously prepared sceneries, mixed with spontaneous live painting and animation. At various spots animated characters waited for their appearance.


The Tetete ensemble

Christian Reiner – Voice
Richard Koch – Trompete
Philip Zoubek – Piano
Mathias Koch – Drums
Markus Dorninger – Tagtool
Matthias Fritz – Tagtool

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Tagtool Workshop at Deep Space

Tagtool - Sun, 09/03/2017 - 22:44

Recently OMAi’s Markus, Matthias and Josef held another Tagtool workshop at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. It took place inside the Deep Space 8K room, which provides an incredibly immersive experience. This time they brought a special version of the Tagtool software which takes full advantage of the Deep Space’s razor-sharp projection.

Immersed in drawings

The kids created all kinds of fantastic characters, and enjoyed playing around with them all over the huge space. They started off with an underwater scene and soon moved on to a science fiction theme. At the end of the workshop everybody signed their work and posed in front of the projection. Great fun for everybody involved – not just the kids!

Upcoming Presentation

In case you haven’t heard yet: We will present the new Tagtool at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. Besides the launch event and the 5-day installation at PostCity, we will do a demo of Tagtool at Deep Space on Monday, 11th of September 2017 at 10:30am.

AEC Program, Launch Event
AEC Program, Installation


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Raw Vibes at RSL North Marrara

Darwin Community Arts - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 22:25

Join us for an evening of good music by Darwin musos at RSL North, Marrara. Featuring Gravy Train, Totally Don't, Charlie and Mel, Rusty Rhubarb, VJ, Fishslappa, and more. Food and beverages available. Donations of $5 appreciated. Saturday, 9 September 2017, from 8:30 PM.

Date(s): Saturday, 9 September 2017 - 8:30pm to 11:30pm
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Tell me a story, remember what you said!

Darwin Community Arts - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 21:04

Storytelling is one of the oldest methods humans have embraced to communicate, transfer and create knowledge and culture. Different traditions employ different methods – oral, pictorial, songs, music and the written form, to mention just a few.

If you want to share a story or few come and sit around the “camp fire” at The Makery, shop 6 – Westlane Arcade, Darwin. We can digitally record the story with you, and according to your preference (e.g. audio only, video, still photographs put together in a clip).

With your consent, we can publish it widely on digital platforms, or just send it to you to remember what you said.

If you want to know more please email: - or call nic on 0434 732 550

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