Since 2001, Desert Festival has been a celebration of artists in community, with attention to making Alice Springs a festive experience for visitors and locals.

Initially, the festival worked in existing venues, before moving to a hub model to foster large events.

This year is the start of a four-year plan over which Desert Festival will work with existing venues, restaurants, accommodation and businesses within the CBD to transform the route from Gap Rd to Anzac Oval into a festive space throughout the Spring season.

The strip will very much be a ‘festival precinct’ with a seasonal season running from 31st August until 13th October with 33 shows, an interactive arts program for children, professional workshops and even more promoted shows.

This allows festival patrons the flexibility to find a show every week rather than a condensed short run that competes for their attention.

By spreading out Artists and entertainment will be available to travellers and a busy local community through to October.

Desert Festival is proud to be working with some of the leading venues in town, including popular haunts such as Montes Lounge, Gap View Hotel, Totem Theatre, Alice Springs Cinema, Epilogue Lounge, Town Council Lawns and the newly renovated spaces at 67 Bath Street.

With the implementation of permanent staff at Red Hot Arts engaged to assist in professional development, production design and promotion, the focus is to support artists to create a unique experience for their audience that is a little different to what audiences may normally expect.

As you’d come to expect from the Arts, The Desert Festival has not shied away from controversy and festival-goers can expect to experience events like films of political commentary, burlesque and Avant-Garde experimentation.

A new online ticketing system for Red Hot Arts has given Central Australian artists, venues and event organizers the capacity to not only promote their shows through our channels but to sell tickets and get support for their door sales. Even better for the sector, the only cost for ticketing will be the card processing fees.

Red Hot Arts promotional channels have expanded in 2017-18 with LED signage, large posters and window wraps at 67 Bath St. Next Red Hot Arts will be installing over 30 digital posters in key locations for promoting to the region’s visitors.

To arrange media interview with our artists please contact:
Barbara Clifford 0421 259 045

For information on the Desert Festival program please contact:
Cy Starkman 08 8952 2392