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How you can be involved

This year the Northern Territory celebrates 40 years of Self-Government. In 1978, the hard-fought battle to make our own decisions and decide our own future was won, and on 1 July, with official ceremony and the unveiling of our new flag, we became a self governed territory. Since then the NT has grown and changed, but always kept true to its unique spirit.

So in 2018, we want to celebrate everything about our great home; our way of life, our people, our landscape, our culture, our achievements and our future. Here are some opportunities for you to get involved throughout 2018.

Share Your Stories

We want to hear from you as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Self-Government. Whether it’s your recollections of the time before Self-Government, or memories of the very first Territory Day, or reflections on life in the Territory over the last 40 years and as it currently is.

Jump on and connect with us on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram and would love to hear from you – and keep an eye out for upcoming competitions too!

We will also be running projects in the community to capture and share important history about Self-Government and what it meant for the NT, so if you want to be involved please send us an email at festivals.nt@nt.gov.au.

More information will be available on the Territory Day website soon.

Celebrate with Your Community

There’s no need to wait until Territory Day to celebrate the 40th anniversary and everything that makes the NT great. Why not get together with your local community and celebrate all throughout 2018! There are lots of options (and we’re sure you can come up with some fantastic ideas) but here are some to get you started:

  • Find community members who attended the very first Territory Day celebrations and ask them to share their stories.
  • Hold a 1978 themed disco or movie night (remembering that the movie Grease was released in 1978)!
  • Celebrate 40 years of Territory fashion, music and art.
  • Create a time capsule.
  • Celebrate the community groups and local businesses that have been a big part of your region over the last 40 years.

This year we’re also offering grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to help Territorians celebrate the 40th anniversary, their way. Any event or activity that celebrates living in the Territory, our history, our future, culture or community between 14 May and 3 September could be eligible. Grants are available for activities such as festivals, exhibitions, multicultural events, educational activities, community events and sporting or remote events. Grant applications open from 9 February – 9 March 2018 and can be submitted online. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their funding application by 9 April. Find out more about the Territory Day Community Grants.

If you do plan to hold a community activity or event, let us know and we will post it on our What’s On page. You can also upload the event to the NT Events Guide for wider promotion.

For the Kids

Such a significant occasion as the 40th anniversary offers a unique opportunity to engage with the younger Territorian audience on a poignant moment in our history. Keep an eye out on the Territory Day website for opportunities throughout 2018 for schools and children to get involved.

Territory Day Events – Sunday, 1 July 2018

Mark it in your diaries now – Sunday, 1 July 2018. This is a Territory Day you won’t want to miss. There will be free concerts held in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs and community fireworks celebrations in a number of locations across the NT! Find out the latest details on the What's On page.