Desert Festival

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

The DesFest 19 Opening 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 Coloured Stone, Eastern Arrernte Band, Rusty and the Infidels, Zimbabwean Outback Melodies and so much more!

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 acts, including music, theatre, dance, kid’s activities, workshops and two mini-film festivals; the Japanese Film Festival and the Human Rights Film Festival. It’s a babushka doll of festivals! There’ll also be performances by Warren H. Williams, Fan Fatale, Musical Mediations, Prince Pout, Dark Moon, Miss Friby, Monkey Marc and so much more.

“Festivals can create culture by connecting residents, visitors and place. We hope this year’s festival inspires our desert community to celebrate the things that unite, connect and challenge us here in the present moment. This year you will see local artists and venues shine like never before. Spring fever is in the air, and we are abuzz with excitement looking at where we have been and where we are going, together.” – Stephanie Harrison, Festival Producer

Join us for this year’s 2019 DesFest, celebrating the vibrant community, arts and culture of Central Australia. Head to for more information.

Desert Festival takes place on the land of the Central Arrernte people. We wish to pay our respects to the traditional owners of this Country and to their ancestors. As the Festival welcomes contemporary artists and art from around the world, we also celebrate the continuing culture of the Arrernte nation.

Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and the Department of Tourism and Culture.
Many thanks to our supporters; the Northern Territory Government, Alice Springs Town Council, Tourism NT, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Yeperenye Shopping Centre, Tourism Central Australia, Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, The Japan Foundation Australia, Central Australian Art Society Inc., The Alice Springs Cinema, Monte’s Lounge, The Gap View Hotel, Epilogue Lounge, Totem Theatre, The Centralian Advocate, ABC Radio Alice Spring, 8CCC Community Radio, CAAMA, Red Centre Technology Partners, AS Print, TJ Signs.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 17:00 to Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 23:00
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Event Location 
Alice Springs