The Desert Festival ⏤ a fleeting utopia, a glimpse into possible futures for Central Inland Australia. Aug 18 – Sept 7

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE CLOSED FOR 2017

APPROACHING YOUR APPLICATION
The best applicants know what they want to make, the venue they want to present at, and a plan for how they will make it happen. It’s a good idea to start thinking about dates, times, costs, and logistics as early as you can. Don’t wait until the last minute to organise – start planning now!
DECIDING ON HUB OR GENERAL APPLICATIONS
The Desert Festival has two ways of presenting  work, and two types of applications – Hub and General.

Hub applicants are applying for a spot in one of our Hub venues – The Desert Garden and Montes, for example. We run these spaces during the Desert Festival, and provide the infrastructure to make the venues work. We provide Hub artists with technical support and use of the venue equipment, and charge no set venues fees. To help recoup some of the costs for providing the venues and tech to artists for no fees, we take a cut of the box office, 15% – 20% depending on your venue. Our Hub program is curated meaning we choose shows based on artistic merit – you’ll need to argue why your show deserves a spot.

General applications, on the other hand, mean you get to organise whatever venue you want! You find the venue,  organise the details, and then we program your show as part of the festival. This is similar to the Open Program Festival model elsewhere in Australia and around the world – of artists and venues working together. You and your venue get to decide on fees or door splits together, and it means you can find the perfect space for your work. Get creative, art can be presented anywhere!
PICKING YOUR ART’S CATEGORY
As part of your Festival application you will need to select your event’s ‘Category’. This helps us to sort events on our website and in our program for your audiences to find your show. So think hard about the best category for your work, especially if it is relevant to many categories. What category will be the best one to engage audiences for you?
THE CATEGORIES ARE:
Cabaret
Childrens Events

Film and New Media

Dance and Physical Theatre

Free and Community

Circus

Comedy

Desert Styles and Ideas

Music and Musicals

Theatre

Visual Arts

Goes Bump in The night' Smoking ceremony by Akeyulerre 2016