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September 2021

Love a Local Portraiture Challenge

Sun September 5 - Mon October 4

Challenge yourself and show your love for a local by creating a portrait encompassing their essence. This is your chance to celebrate the people you love, whether it’s a teacher, a parent or guardian, a friend, or even a pet; show your love through photography, sculpting, screen art, painting, or a mix of media. This challenge is open to anyone in town aged 5 to 25 so let your friends and families know too! Send us your best work and…

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Desert Festival Opening Night – Lovin’ Local Parade & Night Market Stage!

Thu September 23 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alice Springs Town Council lawns, Alice Springs Town Council, Todd Street
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Desert Festival 2021 officially kicks off on Thursday 23 September in collaboration with the Alice Springs Town Council night markets!

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Ecstatic Dance with Brother Moonbug I Desert Festival

Thu September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
67 Bath St, 67 Bath St
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$10.00

Ecstatic dance is a worldwide conscious movement practice that invites people to drop out of their minds and into their bodies to unwind and open to inner wisdom. Abandon yourself to rhythm and move freely as music guides you. This is a space of non-judgement where freedom of expression is encouraged. Brother Moonbug is an Alice Springs artist who has returned to the centre after spending 18 months in South America where he has expanded his practice as an artist…

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Ebb & Flow by Mark Twohig

Fri September 24 @ 9:00 am - Sun October 3 @ 9:00 am
Yayes Cafe Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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A visual arts exhibition by local visual artist Mark Twohig.
Mark explores the concepts of flow and release through line work.
Ebb & Flow will run throughout the entire festival, and be exhibited at Yaye’s Café at the Araluen Cultural Precinct.

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Our Very Own Wet – By Noel Ferry

Fri September 24 @ 9:00 am - Sun October 3 @ 5:00 pm
The Bakery, 4/11 Todd St, Alice Springs + Google Map

Our Very Own Wet by local artist Noel Ferry, is a compilation of photographic images taken at Ilparpa Claypans over a ten-year time period. This series of photographs demonstrate different stages of the environment, from wet to extreme dry.

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Fertile Ground I Desert Festival

Fri September 24 @ 6:00 pm - Sat September 25 @ 7:00 pm
67 Bath St, 67 Bath St
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

We are here to witness our failing paradise. Suspended in time, vulnerable bodies navigate a forest of cement, imprinting brick to body. In this manufactured oasis, we observe the fragility of the human body beating alongside our persistence to conquer, outlive and survive in the face of crisis. Landscapes shift, micro cityscapes rise and crumble, as audience and performers move through avalanches of decay, gritty transformations that reveal spaces for hope and action. Care and burden. Weight and weightlessness. How…

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The Road Exhibition Opening

Fri September 24 @ 6:00 pm - Sun October 3 @ 6:00 pm
The Art Shed, 10 Crispe St
Alice Springs`, NT 0870 Australia
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A thread between worlds, The Road invites inner observation and explores sensory unravelling as we move from urban environments to the transcendental expansiveness of ancient deserts.

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North of Centre I Desert Festival

Fri September 24 @ 7:30 pm - Sat September 25 @ 7:30 pm
67 Bath St, 67 Bath St
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

North of Centre brings the energies of Northern Territory dance to the tropics of South-East Asia. In three short works; a solo, duet, and trio, dancers explore their connection to place and understanding of people. Works include: Intertwine The incremental unfolding of this solo dance work by Tracks Dance Company plays with proximity, pervading senses and persistence. The intimacy of a single body performing against a vast space of human construction harnesses the forces of the natural world, fuelling a…

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Turbulent Flow in Liminal Spaces I Desert Festival

Fri September 24 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
67 Bath St, 67 Bath St
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

Submerge your senses in a night of improvised experimentation featuring local artists Space Dog Leika, Hex Tape, VJ Growlzz and Cloud Sequence. Sink into a night of the unknown with a performance featuring highly proficient resonance noise formulators with maximum mood modulators, accompanied by the dexterous optical manipulators and live human body shapeshifters. Not sure what this all means? Neither are we! But we can’t wait to come along and find out. Turbulent Flow in Liminal Spaces 67 Bath Street…

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Alcoota Scientific Reserve Day Tour – 25th September I Desert Festival

Sat September 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Megafauna Central, 21 Todd Street Mall, Todd St
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$55.00 Sold out

NOTE: This event is also on Saturday 2nd October - Click here to view and book tickets to the second event Become a geologist for the day and learn about Central Australia’s unique megafauna! Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory will take you on a full day guided tour from Alice Springs to the Alcoota Scientific Reserve, a site normally closed to the public. The tour will be guided by staff from the Museum and Art Gallery of…

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Re Up – By Tahlia Rutherford

Sat September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
House of Tallulah, 64 Hartley Street
Alice Springs, Australia
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A collaborative installation showcasing several local designers who have embellished a garment previously sewn by Made by Tahlia.

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Desert Diamonds’ Razzle Dazzle

Sat September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

An all ages event, Razzle Dazzle blends Golden Era glamour and Rat Pack cool in a jukebox spectacular. An all singing, all dancing showcase of local talent that will leave you toe tapping and finger clicking in the historic Todd Tavern.

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ASTC Public Art Walk & Talk

Sun September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 2, 2021 at 10:00 am

Aboriginal history lecturer and artist Pat Ansell Dodds will lead a one hour public art walk focusing on some of the key artworks in Alice Springs’ CBD.

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S.L.D Community Dance Day | GUTS Dance & Desert Festival

Sun September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Alice Springs Town Council lawns, Alice Springs Town Council, Todd Street
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Join GUTS and guests on the Council Lawns from 12.00pm - 3.00pm for a celebration of the wonderful and diverse dance community in Mparntwe/Alice Springs.

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We’ll Dance on the Ash of the Apocalypse – Sun 26th I Desert Festival

Sun September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
67 Bath St, 67 Bath St
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

This evocative play follows the story of a young couple living in a world ravaged by climate change. They are faced with a terrifying prospect, an unplanned pregnancy. Together they must decide whether they can bring a defenceless child into a seemingly hopeless world. This story weaves between present and past, aiming to fuel the ongoing discussion on global warming through love of humanity, hope against odds and passion for timely action to create the future we desire. Written by…

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Eastern Arrernte Band album & Purple Patch EP launch I 8CCC & Desert Festival

Sun September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
67 Bath St, 67 Bath St
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$15.00

Two albums launched at one event! Presented by Desert Festival 2021 and 8CCC Community Radio. Get stuck into the local music scene and celebrate diversity of sound, genre and music. The Eastern Arrernte Band are a group of young, desert reggae artists from Lyentye Apurte. Singing in both English and Eastern Arrernte, their songs revolve around place, country and social issues. Purple Patch are four desert rats living in Mparntwe who have combined to create Central Australia’s own funkadelic-blues-rock phenomenon.…

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I’m Here. Where Are You? – Youth theatre workshops I Desert Festival

Mon September 27 @ 10:00 am - Fri October 1 @ 3:00 pm
Witchetty’s Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Dr
Araluen, NT 0870 Australia
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$150.00

'I'm Here. Where are You?' is a fantastic youth theatre workshop opportunity designed for those who are itching to dive deeper into the world of performance art. This series of youth drama and arts workshops run over five days and offer a unique opportunity for accelerated upskilling! The workshops are run by Leslie Simpson, an artist with an impressive global theatre background and training. The workshops include tried and trusted theatre games, challenges, and exercises to produce rewarding results for…

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WTS Open Studio and Walk In Cinema

Wed September 29 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Watch This Space, 8 Gap Rd
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Join in for an evening open studio session, followed by Watch This Space’s monthly Walk-In Cinema event.

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Kodivine album & Crystal Robins EP launch I Desert Festival + 8CCC

Thu September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Jump Inn, 4 Traeger Avenue, Alice Springs
Alice Springs, Australia
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$15.00

Desert Festival + 8CCC bring to you A two in one femme fantastic! An energy packed combination of jazz-funk influenced Kodivine and indie-folk, alt-country infused Crystal Robins. After the roaring bushfires and ruins of 2020, Kodivine is finally ready to release her long-postponed album Get Free. Get Free is an exploration of liberation, through embodied expression of disorganised love-chaos! Darwin songwriter Crystal Robins launches her debut EP Wildfire in Alice Springs, performed live with the help of a full band…

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October 2021

Bambadino, Life Love and Bellies

Fri October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ready to jump into the full spectrum of emotion? This show will make you both laugh and cry! Bambadino stretches from deep heavy feelings to light-hearted silliness. Switching between sombre and humour with grace and warmth, Bambadino brings the whole room along with her. Bambadino will be performing a series of songs from her most recent EP series, written over six months of sabbatical in Ntaria, NT, produced with Sing Hum Records in Mparntwe. These songs range from soulful ballads…

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Baggage Claim I Desert Festival

Fri October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

Baggage Claim is a series of five klezmer tales of unlucky men: swollen hearts, the burdens of anxiety, doing one's bit, and coming home. Settle in and be transported into the lives and stories of these luckless men through spoken-word and music, performed by Russell Goldflam and his Alice Springs klezmer band Rusty & The Infidels. Artist Russell Goldflam describes these tales as nostalgic, tragic, ironic, amusing – and musical: “they memorialise a lost world and a lost time, and,…

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The Fly Swats: Rated Arrr!

Fri October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Stowaway with these singing, bumbling, smelly pirates for a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas on a perilous search for treasure where you can laugh, cry, sing, work and avoid scurvy with them!

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Ctrl+Sustain+Dlt I Desert Festival

Fri October 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

Newly formed local Mparntwe art collective Skretch Kollektief interpret concepts of tension and release, internalised control of the external world, and the state and self. Bringing together experimental electronic music, dance and visual art, this piece intends to generate curiosity, discomfort and comfort for audience members watching and participating. Skretch Kollektief explore the space where different art disciplines intersect, and through Ctrl+Sustain+Dlt showcase five collaborative artists who have joined to explore art deeper and share this with viewers. Ctrl+Sustain+Dlt Totem…

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Alcoota Scientific Reserve Day Tour – Saturday 2nd October I Desert Festival

Sat October 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Megafauna Central, 21 Todd Street Mall, Todd St
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$55.00 Sold out

Become a geologist for the day and learn about Central Australia’s unique megafauna! Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory will take you on a full day guided tour from Alice Springs to the Alcoota Scientific Reserve, a site normally closed to the public. The tour will be guided by staff from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and a representative from Olive Pink Botanic Garden, who will provide a detailed geological and historical briefing. The…

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The Magic Picnic I Desert Festival

Sat October 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$10.00

A mouse that's lost its courage? An old lady who's lost her laugh? These are just some of the quirky allures you'll get to meet when characters Heather and Dan go on their picnic and get lost in the deep, dark woods. They'll need your help to make it out the other side! Join the adventure with On the Wing Theatre’s pantomime – fun for little and big kids alike! The Magic Picnic Totem Theatre Saturday 2nd October - 3pm

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We’ll Dance on the Ash of the Apocalypse – Sat 2nd Oct I Desert Festival

Sat October 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

This evocative play follows the story of a young couple living in a world ravaged by climate change. They are faced with a terrifying prospect, an unplanned pregnancy. Together they must decide whether they can bring a defenceless child into a seemingly hopeless world. This story weaves between present and past, aiming to fuel the ongoing discussion on global warming through love of humanity, hope against odds and passion for timely action to create the future we desire. Written by…

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Australian Poetry Slam Alice Springs Round + Eddie Kitching plays

Sat October 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$5.00

For entrants: Wizard with words … master of rhymes. Could you be Australia’s next poetry slam champion? We are on the hunt for an Alice Springs poetry champ to represent Mparntwe. The rules: Two minutes maximum. No introductions – get straight into it. No props, just you! The top five scorers will make it to the second round and will be judged by five judges chosen by the audience. We are looking for a maximum of 20 entrants, first in first…

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The Pungency of Rock Featuring Gurun I Desert Festival

Sat October 2 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

Despite efforts to bury it, the stench of good sound and resilience is hard to cover! The Pungency of Rock is a live music, visual and DJ experience, highlighting elements of Southeast Asian music – in particular garage and surf rock, which experienced suppression under certain Southeast Asian regimes. The Pungency of Rock will feature a live set by Gurun, Mparntwe's own female-fronted rock band, precluded by the screening of the documentary Not Easy Rock ‘n Roll and a DJ…

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Sunday Funday I Desert Festival

Sun October 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$5.00 – $20.00

Celebrate the last day of the festival with the whole family. Come along for a morning of pantomime, theatre and workshops. A healthy lunch is included in the children's ticket price. Tickets to Sunday Funday include access to all Sunday Funday events and activities. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Sunday Funday Totem Theatre Sunday October 3rd - 10am to 2pm

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Alice Sings Workshop

Sun October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Fall further into the life of collective choir and explore local Mparntwe musicianship. Join this free workshop out in the Totem Courtyard run by Edward Gould, Alice Sings and Kodi Twiner.

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Gotcha Covered featuring Alice Sings I Desert Festival

Sun October 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

Fun, dynamic, musical interactive entertainment! Gotcha Covered will showcase a curated gig featuring seven different musicians covering other local Mparntwe artists! The event will wrap up with an epic performance of the song which was learned in the free Alice Sings Workshop prior. To get the most out of this experience, attendees of Gotcha Covered are encouraged to attend the free Alice Sings Workshop on at 2.00pm in the Totem Courtyard. Gotcha Covered featuring Alice Sings Totem Theatre Sunday 3rd October…

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Prickly Pear I Desert Festival

Sun October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Totem Theatre, 8 Wills Tce
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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$20.00

Prickly Pear is a multidisciplinary live arts event showcasing women and gender-diverse creatives of Mparntwe/Alice Springs. Comprised of short performance slots, this piece moves between spoken word, music, audio/visual art and live performance. Prickly Pear shines light on the collective, encouraging the viewer to view art as something shared, rather than isolated individual performances. The event prioritises local and original artists, and within this is an aim to increase access to amplified space and performance opportunities for underrepresented groups. Prickly…

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