Desert Song Festival
- Sep 9th - Sep 18th 2016
- Alice Springs and Central Australia
- Major Event
- Some Free events
- Contact Details:
- Festival Director. [email protected]; 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.