Mparntwe Bush Dance

Rating: All-Ages

Venue is partially accessible

This is a Project Seed event

Mparntwe Bush Dance

One ticket, 3 performances!


5pm – Music that MovesDusty Feet Dance Collective – Project Seed

Music that Moves is a collaborative performance between Dusty Feet Dance Collective and the World Chamber Orchestra, featuring four dancers and a string quartet. Set at the beautiful Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, with composers including Elena Kat-Chernin, Max Richter, Romano Crivici and Karl Jenkins.

Music that Moves takes performers and audience on a journey, through music that might just move.

5:40pm – Mapo and Buzz Country-Bluegrass Jam Alison Mapleson and Keith Buzzacott

Mapo and Buzz are a country-bluegrass loving duo. Made up of Mparntwe locals Alison Mapleson and Keith Buzzacott, Mapo and Buzz bring you a selection of good old country and bluegrass songs, along with original from both artist.

Come and enjoy, sing along to some old favourites, or sit back and soak in the harmonies and deadly electric guitar solos that’ll keep your afternoon buzzing!

6:30pm – Mpwarntwe String Band & Folk Song CollectiveGleny Rae – Project Seed

Every Tuesday night, a diverse bunch of local music lovers have been gathering at the Old Courthouse to dust off their string instruments and loosen their vocal cords. Mentored by the deep well of local talented musicians and singer/songwriters, the Mparntwe String Band and Folk Song Collective has built a repertoire of songs and tunes ready to share at the 2023 Desert Festival. Featuring songs by living legends Ted Egan, Bill Davis, Katie Harder and Stuart Nuggett, the choir will sing up the country and characters of this region.

Then the string band will have you bush dancing in the red dust under the guidance of expert dance caller Mary Evans.

We are the stories we tell, the songs we sing, and the community we create!

The Mparntwe String Band and Folk Song Collective was conceived and facilitated by local musician and educator Gleny Rae, and made possible by Red Hot Arts Project Seed Funding.

9pm – Billy Black – Billy Black 

Billy Black plays a selection of original compositions about connecting with the people and places of the central desert.