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Around the world, February 12 is the commemoration of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809. Celebrating our University’s namesake, and the pivotal role that our University plays in the Northern Territory, the Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner has quickly become one of the premier events on Darwin’s social calendar. 

Hosted by the CDU Foundation, this event changes the lives of our students, and ultimately our community, for the better, with all funds raised by the Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner providing ongoing support for student prizes, scholarships and vital research. 

Help us to help students by celebrating Charles Darwin’s contribution to science and the contribution that Charles Darwin University is proud to make to our community. We promise to bring you an inspiring keynote and fantastic entertainment by ARIA award winner Emily Wurramara, along with a delicious three-course meal matched with fine wines. 

Tickets will be on sale soon, register your interest now to be kept updated. 


2020 Black Tie Dinner 

Wednesday 12 February 2020
6:30pm - 10:30pm
Venue: The Grand Ballroom
 DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin
116 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT


Register for pre-sale ticket notification

Emily Wurramara with Guitar



Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2020 Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner.
For more information please contact Simon Matthias, Director, Advancement on 08 8946 7501 or

2020 Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner Sponsorship Prospectus (PDF, 3.9 MB)

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2019 Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner:

CDU Foundation

The CDU Foundation’s core aim is to build and maintain relationships with individuals, families, businesses and institutions interested in supporting our University - our students, staff, research programs and physical infrastructure.

CDU Casuarina Theatre