Desert Song Festival 2014

From Friday September 5 until Sunday 14 Sept, the landscape of Central Australia, and some of its iconic heritage venues will resound to the enchanting tones of Central Desert choirs, solo performers and small ensembles as they share and we all experience ten glorious days of music and song celebrating the magic of the human voice.
Fresh from their collaboration and appearances with the Soweto Gospel Choir, including a performance by the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir at the closing concert of the 2014 Darwin Festival last weekend, the desert choirs return to Desert Song Festival 2014 with their special blend of South African Gospel and freedom songs, contemporary choral arrangements, and ancient sacred music preserved in the living languages of Central Australia…… and much, much more.

The Festival’s theme this year is “Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” and is dedicated to celebrating and paying tribute the exemplary life of Nelson Mandela.

The festival this year will have a combination of ‘main stage’ and ‘open stage’ events.

Festival “Main Stage” Events

‘Gala’ opening at dusk @ The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame: A Glittering candle-lit event.
Friday 5th September 6.00pm. Cost: $10/$5/$20 Family. Booking:

Desert Voice @ Araluen: A popular concert by Desert Choirs.
Saturday 6th September 6.30pm. Cost: $20/$15/$50 family. Booking: Araluen Box office

Sacred Song @ the Flynn Church Lawns Todd Mall: An event celebrating and sharing traditions of Scared Music from faith communities in Central Australia.
Sunday 7th September 5.00pm: Cost Free.

Two Guitars and a Cello @ Stuart Town Goal: A ‘chamber’ concert
Tuesday 9th September 7.30pm: Nic Hempel, Francis Diatschenko and Eminé.
Cost: $20/$15/$50 family.

A Choral Master class @ Flynn Church: a rare fun opportunity to be inducted into the art of choral singing.
Thursday 11th September 7.15pm: Cost: gold coin

‘A cappella in the Gorge’ @ Ormiston Gorge: music in a ‘magical’ place featuring the 60 voices of Asante Sana.
Sunday 14th September 3.30pm. Cost: Gold coin.
Festival “Open Stage” Events
Desert Song Central is the Festival’s ‘Open Stage’ and (not so late) night venue at:
Star of Alice, Palm Circuit’ Alice Springs.

A venue for gathering, singing, busking, celebrating, eating – a place for solo artists, small ensembles, groups, buskers and aspiring stars, in fact anyone who would like to sing or be sung to!

Fri 5 Sept. 8.30pm to 10.30pm: Featured artist and ‘open stage’
Sat 6 Sept. 9.00pm to 10.30pm: Featured artist and ‘open stage’
Sun 7 Sept. 7.30pm to 10.00pm: Eminé; Splinter Sisters and ‘open stage’
Sat 13 Sept. 7.30pm to 10.30pm: Janette Wormald; Sweet Jam and ‘open stage’
Sun 14 Sept. 8.00pm to 11.00pm : dopo la festa

Desert Song Festival 2014 will also be the Launchpad for a tour in 2015 of 40 women from 7 Remote Central Australian Communities, who will be travelling to Germany for performances in the (Northern) Summer 2015.

514 September 2014
6pm – 11pm
Alice Springs and Ormiston Gorge
Some free and some ticked events see Festival description for details