Presented by Red Hot Arts Central Australia, the 2019 Desert Festival is an exposition of dynamic events encompassing local and interstate theatre, music, arts and performance. Desfest will run over seven weeks from 29 Aug through to 12 October presenting a smorgasbord of talent.

The opening street parade takes place at the Alice Springs Town Council Night Markets on Thursday 29 August from 5PM – 9PM. The markets will come alive with performances from Red Centre legends like Coloured Stone, Eastern Arrernte Band, Rusty and the Infidels and Zimbabwean Outback Melodies.

Kicking off the first weekend of Desfest, Sing Hum Records presents Unified, a showcase of local musical talent with a modern analogue flavour. You can catch artists such as Cassi Williams, Xavia, Broadwing, Resin Moon and Stellar Sea at Monte’s Lounge on Sat 31 Aug from 6:30PM.

And that’s just the first week. There’s seven weeks of Desfest fun this spring with over twenty live shows, including kids activities and two mini-film festivals; the Japanese Film Festival and the Human Rights Film Festival. It’s a babushka doll of festivals!

Join us for this year’s 2019 Desfest, celebrating the vibrant community, arts and culture of Central Australia. Stay tuned for the full program drop!

We acknowledge and celebrate the traditional owners, the Arrernte, on whose land we gather, and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future.

Many thanks to our supporters; the Northern Territory Government, Arts NT, Alice Springs Town Council, The Japan Foundation Australia, Central Australian Art Society Inc., The Centralian Advocate, Totem Theatre, Casuarina Senior College Theatrette, Monte’s Lounge, Epilogue Lounge, Flynn Memorial Uniting Church Lawns, The Anglican Church, The Gap View Hotel and The Alice Springs Cinema.

Desert Festival 2019 Artwork, That Central Vibe I (Tjoritja), by Lauren Hutchinson – winner of the Desert Festival Prize in the 2018 Advocate Art Awards.