Open Letter: Ditch Santos sponsorship of Darwin Festival

Show your support for frack-free Territory arts + culture by adding your name to our Open Letter to Ditch Santos sponsorship of the Darwin Festival!

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Open Letter to the Darwin Festival Board,

We love Territory arts. Darwin Festival showcases the very best of our culture and community.

That’s why we are so concerned about Santos sponsorship of the Darwin Festival.

Santos has plans to use invasive fracking to access gas deposits across much of the Northern Territory.

Fracking is a high risk mining technique with a polluting track record of water contamination and chemical spills, putting the health of communities and our climate at risk. In its NSW gasfields Santos has a long history of operational failure, including contamination of aquifers, chemical leaks and spills.

In the NT Santos’ exploration licences include coverage of the town of Alice Springs’ only drinking water supply, the catchment for the iconic Mataranka hot springs and come within 75km of Uluru, a major Territory tourism destination and Aboriginal sacred site.

As Territorians, we are united in our opposition to fracking. The Gunner Government’s Inquiry into fracking found: ‘the overwhelming consensus across the NT was that fracking is not safe, not trusted and not wanted.’

Climate change and the need to protect our clean water and environment is one of the greatest challenges we all face. Arts and cultural events like the Darwin Festival have an important opportunity to lead the way on climate action by shifting away from partnerships with polluting fossil fuel companies.

We invite the Darwin Festival Board to meet with concerned artists and supporters to discuss an offer of clean energy and climate friendly sponsorship for the 2019 festival.

By withdrawing from its sponsorship arrangements with Santos, the Darwin Festival would be joining other major festivals such as the Woodford Folk Festival and artists in the Sydney Festival. They have taken a strong and principled stand against Santos due to pollution and climate change.

We love the Darwin Festival. We don’t want to see its good name used as a vehicle for any future ‘artwashing’ by fossil fuel companies which could do irreparable damage to the beautiful Northern Territory.

Add your name here!

Artist signatories:

June Mills – Larrakia Artist and Musician, Darwin
Emily Wurramara – NIMA Award winner, Groote Eylant
Sandridge Band – NIMA Award winner, Borroloola
Dan Murphy – Artist, Alice Springs
Rusty Stewart – Photographer, Alice Springs
Anna Cadden – Filmmaker, Alice Springs
Kelly Lee Hickey – Writer, Alice Springs
Kate Hodges, Documentary Producer, Sydney
Jason Quinn – Beanie Festival, Alice Springs
Kirsty Robertson – Artist, Alice Springs
Dave Collins – Proper Creative, Darwin
Mike Gillam – Photographer, Alice Springs,
Stephanie Harrison – Musician, Alice Springs
Elliat Rich – Designer, Alice Springs
Liam Campbell – Filmmaker, Alice Springs
Beth Sometimes – Artist, Alice Springs
Alex Kelly – Filmmaker, Alice Springs
Imogen Semmler – Creative Producer, Alice Springs
Franca Barraclough – Artist, Alice Springs
Alphius Meage – Musician, Darwin

Lisa Stefanoff, Creative Producer, Darwin

Karrina Nolan, Director – Original Power and social impact producer

Zoe Nelson, Music Teacher, Darwin

Joshua Santispiriti, Artist, Hobart

Meri Davies, Creative Producer, Darwin

Alana Parrott-Jolly, Burlesque Performer, Darwin

Annaliese Constable, Writer, Sydney

Nadine Kessler, Designer, Alice Springs

Tarzan JungleQueen, Artist, Darwin

Phoenix Smith, Artist, Darwin

Starlady, Artist, Alice Springs

Svetlana Bunic, Musician, Alice Springs

David Collins, Artist, Darwin

Levin Diatschenko, Musician, Darwin

Nina Tzatziki, Artist, Darwin

David Bradbury, Filmmaker, Mullumbimby

Arthur Legs McArthur, Musician, Darwin

Caro McDonald – Filmmaker, Melbourne

Maxine Mellor, Playwright, Brisbane

Dave Nixon, Producer, Alice Springs

Basil Schild, Musician, Darwin

Samantha Morris, Editor Blank Space, Darwin

Bong, Artist, Darwin

Clare Woods, Event Manager, Alice Springs

Melissa Kerl, Artist, Alice Springs

Anna Weekes, Artist, Katherine

Emma Franklin, Artist, Alice Springs

Ashleigh Steel, Designer, Sydney

Timothy Parish, Filmmaker, Darwin

Anna Weekes, Artist, Katherine

Boronia Saggers, Textile Artist, Katherine

Christian Ramilo, Musician, Darwin

Christopher Baldwin, Bilbies against Fracking, Sydney

James Young – Shoemaker & Outfitter, Alice Springs