Red Hot Arts Central Australia runs the annual Desert Festival, an 11 day festival celebrating local arts and culture.

Desert Festival is Alice Springs’ preeminent annual arts and cultural festival, held in September each year. Desert Festival was first held in 2001 as the Alice Springs Festival. Alice Springs Festival was founded by the local community in 2001 to create a nationally marketed umbrella brand for events in Alice Springs in the events shoulder season. Alice Springs Festival was Central Australia’s first major annual arts and cultural festival, and it incubated several successful events, including Desert Song Festival. In 2004, the festival was rebranded to become the Alice Springs Festival of the Desert, which was shortened in 2005 to Alice Desert Festival.

Over the years, Desert Festival has seen numerous artists, performances, stages, names, themes and colours, all which have shaped our arts sector into the nationally recognised, vibrant community that it is today. We’ve incubated small events into annual, staple events within the Alice Springs calendar like Wearable Arts and Desert Song and continue to support local artists to develop new shows and ideas through Project Seed.

The 2022 Desert Festival will be held 22 September – 2 October.

Watch this space for more info!