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Araluen Arts Centre

61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
08 8951 1122 https://www.araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au/

Araluen Arts Centre is the focal point of Alice Springs’ performing and visual arts scene, incorporating four galleries and a 487-seat theatre.
The annual theatre program includes performances by national touring companies and many high quality local productions. The theatre is also available for the presentation of corporate functions and conferences, in association with the function room and the galleries where suitable.

The galleries feature a program of exhibitions with a focus on Aboriginal art from Central Australia, and contemporary art by local and Australian artists.

The Albert Namatjira Gallery displays a rotating selection of paintings by this famous Aboriginal artist, his descendants and contemporaries. The gallery also features early works from Papunya and the “Hermannsburg School”.

Araluen Arts Centre was designed and built around the 300 year old Corkwood Tree in the Sculpture Garden. This tree, another at the front of the building and Big Sister Hill are also considered sacred by the Arrernte people.

Araluen’s Arthouse Cinema Program brings both national and international arthouse films and film festivals to the people of Alice Springs.

Many of the films screened during the year are associated with Oscar Award winning actors and directors, while many will have won various international film festival awards. Some of the films also go on to achieve a cult following amongst arthouse cinema goers.

March 2021

Laurel Canyon

Mon March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Documentary | USA | 2020 Directed by Alison Ellwood Featuring Joni Mitchell, Carole King, The Eagles, The Mamas and The Papas "For those who grew up on that music and for those who made it, the planets were realigning, and Laurel Canyon is a bracing reminder of how that looked and felt and why it mattered." The Hollywood Reporter Laurel Canyon is a feature-length documentary that pulls back the curtain on the mythical world of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, providing an…

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Kate Ceberano – Up Close and Personal

Wed March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Presented by Araluen Arts Centre and HIT Productions All the hits! Fronting pop funk band ‘I’m Talking’, Kate notched up 5 consecutive hit singles and a Platinum debut album. The year was 1986 and Michael Hutchence from INXS won Most Popular Male Artist and Kate won Most Popular Female Artist at the Countdown Awards. Kate has barely drawn breath since, racking up 28 albums over 35 years whilst effortlessly moving around genres. With 3 x ARIA awards and 7 nominations…

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Groundswell: Recent movements within art and territory

Sat March 6 @ 10:00 am - Mon April 26 @ 5:00 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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A Spark NT exhibition curated by Carmen Ansaldo Presented by Artback NT Opening Saturday 6th March 10am Exhibition until Monday 26th April Contemporary artists are shifting the conceptual focus of their practices to address the intensifying crisis of Australia’s diminishing water supply. Alongside scientists and environmentalists, artists are some of the first responders to this crisis, bearing witness to its effects through their creative expression. Groundswell: recent movements within art and territory showcases a selection of powerful reactions with particular focus on…

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Spread Your Wings

Mon March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Adventure | France, Norway | French, English and Norwegian with English Subtitles | 2019 Directed by Nicolas Vanier Starring Jean-Paul Rouve, Mélanie Doutey, Louis Vazquez  "Inspired by a true story, Spread Your Wings, which mixes fiction and documentary, is also an initiation tale. Forced out of his bubble, the teenager reconnects to the outside world, becomes aware of the beauty and fragility of nature." La Croix Christian is a visionary scientist who studies migrating geese. For his teenage son Thomas, the idea of spending…

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Ocean Film Festival 2021

Thu March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Presented by Adventure Reels The Ocean Film Festival World Tour will inspire you to explore, respect, enjoy, and protect our oceans by sharing the best films from around the globe. Each year the Ocean Film Festival World Tour screens over 2 hours of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from independent filmmakers both international and Australian. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean-related…

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Unbroken Land 2021 – Premiere Screening

Fri March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Incite Arts, Central Australia’s key facilitator of community-engaged arts, is proud to be presenting a free film screening of Unbroken Land 2020 and 2021 at Araluen Arts Centre on March 12. Last year saw the adaptation of our Unbroken Land program from a live event to a virtual program of stunning storytelling through short films. Following this success, we are pleased to present the program of films in a free screening at Araluen Arts Centre on 12 March. This is…

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Alice WCO journeying Europe

Sun March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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An orchestra academy weekend with the DSO Chief Conductor Jonathon Tooby culminating in ASWCO's first Araluen Concert with an all European Program.  Elgar’s Serenade,  John Rutter's Suite Antique, Arvo Pärt and Elena Kats-Chernin. 14th March 2021, 6:30. @ Witchettys,  Limited Seating - Tickets via Araluen Box Office, online and @door. $30/$15.

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La Fille mal Gardée

Fri March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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La Fille mal Gardée (The Girl Who Needed Watching) is a romantic comedy revolving around the not so secret couple, Lise and Colas. Unfortunately, the only people their relationship is a secret from is Simone, Lise's mother, the wealthy landowner Thomas and his son Alain whom Simone arranges for Lise to become betrothed to for a large sum of money.   Will Lise be able to enjoy the festivities of the harvest with her lover? Will her mother notice? Will Alain find…

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Bitumen & Dirt – Wayne Eager: 30 Years in the Territory

Fri March 26 - Mon June 14
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Developed by Charles Darwin University Art Gallery Opening Friday 26 March Exhibition until Monday 14 June Bitumen & Dirt – Wayne Eager: 30 Years in the Territory is a survey exhibition of paintings and prints by prominent Alice Springs-based artist Wayne Eager. Featuring 78 works from public and private collections around Australia, including the Charles Darwin University Art Collection and the Araluen Art Collection, the exhibition charts Eager’s career since he first arrived in the Northern Territory in 1990. Early observations…

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Bluey’s Big Play: The Stage Show

Fri March 26 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Presented by BBC Studios and Andrew Kay in association with QPAC’s Out of The Box and Windmill Theatre Co.  This is Bluey’s Big Play! And it’s really for real life!  When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday arvo time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and ingenuity at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. Bluey's Big Play is a brand new theatrical adaptation of the…

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May 2021

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2021

Thu May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Presented by Adventure Reels The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious international film competition and annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre and is held every October in Banff, Canada. Approximately 375 films are entered into the film festival annually, and the top 80 films are selected by a pre-screening committee to be shown at the week-long festival in Canada.…

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Queen Forever – Break Free 2021

Fri May 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Presented by The Music Group “Gareth Hill is Freddie Mercury reborn” Glenn A. Baker Let’s face it – We were all under pressure in 2020 – Soon now it’s time to break free and rock with Australia’s Most Popular Queen Show, Queen Forever. The essence of Queen is captured perfectly by Queen Forever fronted by a stunning portrayal of Freddie Mercury by the very popular Gareth Hill. Combined with Brian May’s unique guitar solos performed superbly by Scott Bastian, rich…

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August 2021

BJORN AGAIN Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

Fri August 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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Presented by The Music Group ‘If ABBA reformed they wouldn’t be as much fun as Bjorn Again’ Q Magazine UK Dust off those platform shoes, flares and sequinned jumpsuits and get ready to sing, dance and have the time of your life when the World’s Number One ABBA show BJORN AGAIN comes to town on their MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN! 2020 Australian Tour. Internationally acclaimed Bjorn Again will play all of ABBA’s biggest hits and more in an action-packed, highly-entertaining night of ABBA-SOLUTE fun for the whole family. You…

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