Community Calendar

Desert Song Festival

Sep 9th - Sep 18th 2016
Alice Springs and Central Australia
Major Event
Some Free events
Contact Details:
Festival Director.; 0409 003 004

Over 10 days each Sep­tem­ber, singers, musi­cians and audi­ences from Alice Springs and Cen­tral Aus­tralia and vis­i­tors to the region expe­ri­ence some­thing spe­cial. Choirs from the vibrant mul­ti-cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ty come togeth­er to present a series of events that show­case the voice: the singer and the song. 

Desert Song Fes­ti­val 2016 is set to con­tin­ue that tra­di­tion with a much expand­ed vision and pro­gram. The usu­al sus­pects’ — Asante Sana and oth­er Alice-based choirs and small­er ensem­bles, indi­vid­ual per­form­ers, and groups from dif­fer­ent sacred music tra­di­tions will again join togeth­er in a num­ber of events in a cel­e­bra­tion of the singer and the song ‑through major con­certs, cham­ber con­certs, work­shops, a Fes­ti­val Club and an open stage’. African free­dom songs, Abo­rig­i­nal tra­di­tion­al and sacred music, bal­lads, clas­si­cal com­po­si­tions, Caribbean folk music and a cap­pel­la singing will again make their appear­ance on the cul­tur­al smörgås­bord that is Cen­tral Australia. 

New inno­va­tions for 2016 will see an expand­ed instru­men­tal’ sec­tion, a stronger pres­ence in the Alice Springs CBD and greater par­tic­i­pa­tion from inter­state and over­seas artists. The Cen­tre­piece’ of the 2016 Fes­ti­val will be a new musi­cal work: Desert Dream­ing” — a some­what auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal choral fan­ta­sia ref­er­enced by life and expe­ri­ences in Cen­tral Aus­tralia 1995 – 2015, fea­tur­ing Desert choirs, musi­cians, dancers and rear projection. 

2016 marks the fourth year of the Festival’s exis­tence and will see a major devel­op­ment of the pro­gram, scope and diver­si­ty of what has become a major music Fes­ti­val in Cen­tral Australia.