The Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2016

Celebrating the 20th Alice Springs Beanie Festival
Spirit of the Land

In 1997, Adi Dunlop returned to Alice Springs from the remote community of Yuendumu with 100 mukata (beanies) made by the local Indigenous women. The mukata were the result of Dunlop’s crochet classes and with the hope of generating money from their sale for the community, a party was organised and held at the Araluen Arts Centre. One of Australia’s most quirky cultural events, the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, was born. This year, 20 years on, the Festival will attract close to 9000 visitors and 7000 beanies from across the desert, the continent and the world.
With these origins in mind, and the Festival’s continuing support for Indigenous people of remote communities to develop their talents and share their designs and stories, Spirit of the Land is a fitting theme for the 20th anniversary.
Spirit of the Land extends its celebration beyond the desert though, out into the forest, highland, coastal and urban landscapes. Through felt, stitch and purl, warp and weft, the Spirit of the Land exhibition presents beanies of innovative millinery style alongside simply made but equally striking creations. The Beanie Central marketplace is home to thousands of beanies, from the ideal to the unreal. Opening night brings a carnival atmosphere to the Araluen Arts Centre with music, performance, food and art. Across the weekend, workshops offer shared creativity, culture and experience, be it weaving or eating kangaroo tail.

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival Weekend
Friday 24 June: 12.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 25 June: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 26 June: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Monday 27 June, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Image: Yurpiya Lionel Pukatja beanie making workshop 2015. Photo courtesy of Alice Springs Beanie Festival.
24 June17 July 2016
Araluen Arts Centre
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