Presented in partnership with the Alice Springs Town Council
Get ready to kick off DesFest 2019 with a bang! Join us for the annual DesFest Opening at the first Night Market of the season. With an eclectic mix of some of Alice Spring’s finest musicians and roaming performers to start the festival right. With performances including Coloured Stone, Eastern Arrernte Band, Rusty and the Infidels, Zimbabwean Outback Melodies and so much more! Bring the whole family, grab a bite to eat and settle in for a night of music and dance to celebrate the Spring season.
Coloured Stone is one of Australia’s premier Aboriginal bands, originally from Koonibba, South Australia on the Nullarbor Plains, they are now recognised world wide. Bunna Lawrie and Coloured Stone have over 40 years of touring under their belt, playing at communities and festivals and keeping it real. Every performance from Bunna and Coloured Stone is a memorable musical experience, full of Aboriginal culture and meaning.
Eastern Arrernte are a well established local band from the community of Santa Teresa, 80 km from Alice Springs. They sing songs in Eastern Arrernte as well as English – and their lyrics revolve around themes of place, country, family and nature. They have written many songs, and have recorded some of them out in Santa Teresa with Francis Dischenko.
Zimbabwean Outback Melodies are a ladies choir group consisting entirely of professional nurses who enjoy entertaining and sharing the love of African music & dance with their Alice Springs community. The group members share the same back ground and speak 2 major indigenous languages of Zimbabwe. The love of music and dance, as well as the passion for sharing the music, is part of their African roots. Music is a universal language and the group believes in reaching out to the Community with song.
Rusty and the Infidels is a seven piece extravaganza who get a big kick out of playing klezmer, traditional Yiddish music from the Old Country, based on oriental modes and melodies, inflected these days with the rhythms and harmonies of urban jazz, blues and gypsy swing.
This is a free all ages event
Desfest 2019, celebrating the vibrant community, arts and culture of Central Australia.
Desert Festival takes place on the land of the Central Arrernte people. We wish to pay our respects to the traditional owners of this Country and to their ancestors. As the Festival welcomes contemporary artists and art from around the world, we also celebrate the continuing culture of the Arrernte nation.
Many thanks to our supporters; the Northern Territory Government, Arts NT, Alice Springs Town Council, 8CCC Community Radio, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation Sydney, Central Australian Art Society Inc., The Centralian Advocate, Totem Theatre, Casuarina Senior College Theatrette, Monte’s Lounge, Epilogue Lounge, Flynn Memorial Uniting Church Lawns, The Anglican Church, The Gap View Hotel, The Alice Springs Cinema, Tourism NT, Yeperenye Shopping Centre, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, CAAMA, Red Centre Technology Partners, AS Print and TJ Signs.