Thursday 24 September – Sunday 4 October 2020

2020 Dates Announced

Desert Festival is set to return this September to celebrate the best of local arts and desert culture in Alice Springs/Mparntwe.

Over ten balmy days and nights, our vibrant desert community will gather for the twentieth year of Desert Festival and relish in all things music, theatre, film and art, created right here in our own backyard.

Spanning across two weekends, Desert Festival will run from Thursday September 24 – Sunday October 4, 2020.

The festival will open in conjunction with the Alice Springs Town Council Night Markets on Thursday September 24 and conclude with celebrations for the twentieth anniversary on Sunday October 4.

Desert Festival, presented by Red Hot Arts Central Australia, will proudly deliver an all-Territory program in 2020 featuring a diverse range of local talent providing daily pop-up performances and a night-time program that will have a broad activation of venues and theatres across town.

In keeping with tradition, this year’s festival branding showcases the 2019 Advocate Art Award Desert Festival Prize winning piece ‘Phoenix Interrupted’ by Rick Lausberg.

Desert Festival has been made possible with the generous support of the Northern Territory Government and Alice Springs Town Council.

Quotes from Red Hot Arts Central Australia Chair, Penelope McDonald:
“In light of COVID-19 and its impact on the Northern Territory, we believe that now, more than ever, is the time to support our local artists, enliven our people and revive our town and what better way to do it than through our beloved Desert Festival.”
“We are rethinking the way we engage with our community and focusing on bringing the festival to the people in creative ways and forms at a time when it is needed most.”

Quotes from Red Hot Arts Central Australia General Manager, Jen Standish-White:
“Desert Festival is heading back to its roots in 2020. We are commemorating twenty years of Desert Festival and celebrating our incredible desert culture and arts which has, and continues to, positively define, and enrich our community.”
“We are proudly bringing local artists to the forefront as we showcase nothing but great Central Australian talent from the past, present and emerging. Over the ten-day period, we will celebrate the dynamic history of Desert Festival and all who have shaped it.”

Emma Murray | [email protected] | P: 08 8952 2392 |