Red Hot Arts Central Australia (RHACA) is excited to announce that it will receive $580,000 over three years from the Northern Territory Government to support Desert Festival, and fund a new Project Seed initiative.

Received through the Community Benefit Fund’s Major Community Events grant program, the funding will play a vital role in RHACA’s ability to deliver Desert Festival for the next three years, especially where the future of the festival was previously unclear due to funding changes, and the impacts of COVID-19.

The grant will also fund the new RHACA initiative, Project Seed, which will support local artists to develop and create new works, and present them at Desert Festival. From inception to presentation of the new work, RHACA will support artists by providing funding, time, space, and expertise in various design and production elements, over a five-month period in the lead up to the festival.

Project Seed EOIs open Friday 19 November 2021, with project details and the online application form available here.

Desert Festival has a long and strong history of delivering an inclusive, vibrant and unique arts festival that is reflective of its home here in Central Australia. The 2021 Desert Festival program featured 54 events, engaged  more than 150 NT creatives, and over 5,000 people attended the festival, which included a varietyof music and theatre shows, kids’ shows and workshops, slam poetry, art exhibitions, pop-up shows, and much more.

Desert Festival is funded by the Northern Territory Government and Alice Springs Town Council, with generous support also received from local businesses, which in 2021 included Yeperenye Shopping Centre, Stratco, Alice Springs Airport, 8CCC Community Radio, Alice Springs Brewing Co., Colemans Printing, A&A Cleaning Services, Bunnings Warehouse Australia, and Triptic.

“We are overjoyed to have received three-year funding from the Northern Territory Government for Desert Festival and Project Seed – it reflects how much the community values arts festivals, where 93.2% people of people surveyed for Desert Festival 2021 strongly agreed that Desert Festival is important to them,” Penelope McDonald, Chair, Red Hot Arts Central Australia

“This funding will be vital in providing RHACA with a strong base to develop local artistic talent. It will support us in delivering the next three Desert Festivals, in conjunction with the key support we also receive from our other funding partners and sponsors. It is the unique artistic talents of Central Australia that make Desert Festival such a vibrant and inclusive festival for everyone, whether they are local or visiting Alice Springs!”