The Build Up is a sultry, sweaty time of year, with mangoes falling on every street corner and Garrmalang/Darwin people starting to lose focus for the year and go a little bit loco. It is a time of pool parties, air-conditioned indoor dinner parties and a feeling of relaxation as the pace of the dry season subsides and Garrmalang/Darwin becomes inhabited by only those who call it their permanent fixed address. When that rain hits we step out to do a rain dance, drawing the cool seasonal change into their warm sweaty bodies.
This time of year deserves to be celebrated in a uniquely Garrmalang/Darwin way. Our new annual celebration lets us honour the Larrakia people’s stories, our multicultural traditions, and the extraordinary environment rolled up with contemporary good times.