Expressions of Interest Now Open – Desert Festival 2019

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Image: Sonny, there’s no time to doof, Alex Kelly, Desert Festival 2018

Photo: Oliver Eclipse


The Desert Festival is an annual platform that showcases local and interstate artists, celebrating artistic and cultural vibrancy throughout the Spring season in Alice Springs/Mparntwe.

Expressions of Interest for the 2019 festival are open now and Red Hot Arts Central Australia are inviting local and interstate artists of all artistic disciplines to apply.

Desert Festival dates for 2019 are Friday the 30th August – Sunday 13th October

Please read the following information before submitting your application through the Online Application Form.

  •  Applications are open now and close at 5pm on Friday 1st February 2019
  • For local artists, we encourage works that are in all stages of development to apply. Your work does not have to be completed to be considered as part of the festival program. If it is currently in development, or still in concept form, Red Hot Arts will be piloting a 5 month show development program from March to July 2019 for successful EOIs. We can also assist you in sourcing the necessary funding; or support through our Mentoring and Workshop programs
  • Desert Festival provides a platform for artists and performers to ticket their shows and make money. Instead of booking acts, we offer artists the support they need to minimise their risk and stay focused on their core strengths. To do this we manage the venues, production, promotion and ticketing for shows in the Festival and provide a full box office return to the artist.
  • If you are an intra/interstate artist, please click here for information regarding the financial viability of your project before applying.

Please submit your application through the Online Application Form

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 08 8952 2392 or at

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