Desert Festival

Since 2001 the Desert Festival has been working to develop Alice Springs as a nationally recognised destination for arts and cultural events. This has been achieved through promotion, incubation of leading events and development of sector capacity.

In 2018, the Desert Festival switched to a season format and returned to its successful roots by partnering with venues instead of creating its own.

In 2019, Desert Festival continued developing the Spring shoulder season from the end of August to mid- October delivering ambient weekly programming in venues. A full calendar of other festivals and events in Alice Springs in early September 2019, including the Henley on Todd Regatta, Red Centre Nats, Desert Song Festival, Desert Mob and the Soweto Gospel Choir performing at the Araluen Cultural Precinct necessitated a review of the dates for the 2020 Desert Festival in consultation with our funding body, NTMEC.

In 2020, Desert Festival is returning to it’s roots. We’re celebrating nothing but our great Central Australian talent which continues to positively define and enrich our community.

Over ten days and nights, we’ll relish in all things music, theatre, film and art created right here in our own backyard and commemorate twenty years of the festival. There’s something for everyone in our 2020 program with a wonderful variety of shows, interactive kids workshops, a virtual reality film, book launch, art exhibitions and more.

We look forward to seeing you at Desert Festival 2020.

The 2020 Desert Festival will run from the 24 September – 4 October 2020.