Malak Community Arts and Media Centre (MCAMC)

DCA will consolidate and expand its existing presence at Malak Shopping Centre into the Malak Community Arts and Media Centre, which will serve communities in Malak and the Northern Suburbs immediately, and the rest of Darwin Region. The MCAMC will be a node in the DRAM, and will inform plans for establishing similar centres in Darwin City, Palmerston City, and Litchfield Shire.

MCAMC will include these existing facilities that will be upgraded in the coming years:

  • Chambers Crescent Theatre, a 300 square metre room, air-conditioned, carpeted floor, mirrors on walls, toilet, kitchenette, and storage room, with sound and lighting, tables and chairs for up to 200 persons;
  • The Underground, a 300 square metre space in the Malak Shopping Centre Underground Car Park. It can be cordoned off for functions, and can accommodate sound, lighting, and other equipment for performances;
  • Malak Community Garden, vegetable and fruit plots at Malak Shopping Centre, maintained by DCA staff and volunteers. The produce is used in My Sisters' Kitchen and Monthly Community Dinners, and is available for use by communities;
  • Malak Telecentro, with 12 computers on a wired Local Area Network (LAN) with Broadband Internet access, available for community use every weekday afternoon.

MCAMC will also include in future, dependent on resourcing, the following:

  • Multimedia Studio, a space equipped with digital audio and video workstations, microphones and headphones, digital and analog musical instruments, and various effects and processing gear.
  • Malak Artists' Studios, temporary workshop or studio spaces, available to artists for relatively short periods.
  • Malak TV and Radio, narrowcast and/or Internet Protocol (IP) TV and Radio facilities, to distribute mainly content produced by individuals and groups in Malak and Darwin.
  • Culture Café, a community-run project, developed from My Sisters' Kitchen, offering multicultural cuisine.