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a series of five concerts staged inside Darwin’s historic

WWII Oil Storage Tunnels … August 16th to 20th  2016

“…with its haunting acoustics, the uniqueness of an amazingly beautiful
concert … inside the
Darwin WWII Oil Storage tunnels,
could not be replicated anywhere else in the world … breathtaking!
…audience review, 2015

Book Tickets here

August 16:  Underground Flute
Sonic meditations, Anne Norman on shakuhachi
(also featuring other artists from the concert series)

August 17Stringlines
Anja Tait (violin), Netanela Mizrahi (viola) and Ernie Gruner (violin, viola)

August 18:  Song of the Land: Song of the People
Yolngu songmen: Jason Gurruwiwi and Guyundula Burarrwanga & West Papuan singer: Henk Rumbewas

August 19Sacred Sound Journey
Sarah Hopkins – cello, harmonic voice, whirlies, bells

August 20Deep within the Belly
Incorporating collaborations of the artists from all the previous concerts)

Anne Norman ….………………………….. Shakuhachi: Melbourne
Anja Tait …………………………………… violin: Darwin
Netanela Mizrahi …………………………. violin/viola: Darwin
Ernie Gruner ………………………………. violin/viola: Melbourne
Jason Yuwalara Gurruwiwi …………… Manikay Songman: Nhulunbuy
Sebastian Guyundula BurarrwangaManikay Songman: Nhulunbuy
Henk Rumbewas …………………………. West Papuan Song and Dance: Darwin
Sarah Hopkins …………………………….. cello / whirlies / bells: Brisbane  

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Tunnel Number Five 2016 was generously sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts, making it possible to pay the above artists and cover the travel expenses of interstate personnel. For more details on our sponsors, see: https://tunnelnumberfive.com/sponsors/

About

About the Festival of Underground Music

Tunnel Number Five is a series of five underground concerts – sonic adventures staged within Darwin’s haunting WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. Directed by Anne Norman, the project combines exceptional musical talent from across Australia to deliver new and culturally diverse sound-scapes, responding to the reverberant tunnel itself, surprising the audience and performers alike. A series of standing waves of delicate sounds wash over the audience, bouncing off both ends of the tunnel and returning in new patterns of interference, building in intensity and eventually dying to a whispered magic. A breathtaking listening experience.

Tunnel Number Five:  A Festival of Underground Music for audiences seeking unplugged music in a reverberant subterranean venue with an emphasis on music contemporary and traditional; contemplative and unusual.

Join us to explore intimate music-making up close, with guests scattered between the performers within a most unique acoustic structure. The site itself becomes a performer: a venue 172m x 4m providing a highly ambient and unique architectural amplification. Audience members place their own seat within the length of the tunnel, ensuring a unique listening experience. Each concert has an interval in which the audience is invited to relocate their seat for a new listening perspective.

Move over Taj Mahal … The acoustic of Tunnel Number Five is awesome!

 

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Location

If walking … It’s about 5 minutes to walk from Darwins Metro Bus Transit Station  (along Harry Chan Ave) and also the main Darwin Festival (above ground) in the park and Browns Mart Theatre (beside the bus transit station). Just walk along Smith St away from the mall. When you get to the Esplanade cross over the street to Hughes Ave and walk down the hill about 50 meters till you find some stairs on the left. A mix of steps and paths leads down the steep incline right to the entrance of Tunnel Number Five.

If arriving by taxi … just ask for the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels in Kitchener Drive.

If driving … there’s free street parking but its very hard to find the right spot at night with all the restaurant dwellers.
However there’s free 2 hour parking available in multi-level carpark under the Vibe Hotel on Kitchener Drive, just up the road from the tunnels. Thereafter $2 for 3 hours, $4 for 4 hours

Meals and refreshments …  can be found aplenty just across the road from Tunnel Number Five in the Waterfront Precinct. Also 5 minutes away, at the main Darwin Festival, there’s  a wide range of excellent budget meals from stalls in the park as well as liquor, juices and other refreshments.   If you’re eating before the performance … make sure to get to the venue at least 30 to 40 minutes early.

All performances commence at 7PM …  Late entry is not possible until interval as it will seriously interfere with the performance. So will chatting or making noises near the entrance … especially as it’s also being recorded.   Again … remember to get to the venue 30 to 40 minutes early.   It takes time for everyone to get through ticketing, navigate the narrow access tunnels with folding chairs to the main Tunnel#5 … and then find a good position to set your chair up.   The later you arrive … the closer you will be towards the extreme ends of the 172 meter tunnel.

Please Note … every concert requires the audience to BYO their own folding chairs.   However there will be a limited number of seats for hire at the entrance for non Darwinites or those who forget to bring one.

Also … It’s quite hot in the tunnel venue so cool clothing is advised.   All the fans will be on except during the 1st & 2nd brackets.   There’s an interval of at least 20 minutes.