Elliat Rich: between stars and quarks

Megafauna Central 21 Todd Street Mall, Alice Springs, NT

Installation by designer Elliat Rich, accompanied by words with Jennifer Mills and sound by Edi Donald. For 70,000 year humans understood their world through a mythological framework; a complex integration of different knowledge types, fed through observation and shared through story. 2,000 years ago some humans speared off from this world view and introduced a […]

Iltja Njtarra Art Centre: Mural

Todd Mall Todd Mall, Alice Springs, NT

As the Central Desert landscape is once again a cascade of colour, a group of young emerging artists are endeavouring to capture the vibrant display of blooms native to this country. Under the guidance of senior artists Mervyn Rubuntja and Selma Coulthard from Iltja Njtarra Art Centre, a group of young artists are enthusiastically engaged […]

Midnight Rangers

Todd Mall Todd Mall, Alice Springs, NT

We are the Midnight Rangers. Born in the Post-Intervention Apocalypse of Mparntwe, we play country music from stolen, trampled and thirsty country. We necromance the bones of country classics and yell them louder than the Gravy Train we're all riding. This event is part of the Desert Festival opening, Alice Springs Town Council Night Market […]

Mulga Bore Hard Rock Band

Todd Mall Todd Mall, Alice Springs, NT

From winning the regional battle of the school bands NT, best song, best band, Mulga Bore Hard Rock are heading to greatness. Set in remote central Australia, Anmatyerre country and one of lands smallest schools, a school band is taking on the world. Mulga Bore Hard Rock Band will be fresh from supporting KISS on […]

Pop-Up Cabaret: Homegrown

Todd Mall Todd Mall, Alice Springs, NT

BLOOM where you're planted! On The Wing Productions brings their Pop-Up Cabaret to 2022 Desert Festival! Join your host Dan Milne, the Pop-Up Cabaret backing band, and a fantastic lineup of HOMEGROWN talent for some fun tunes. As always the open mic section is available for all BUDDING performers. Email [email protected] to express your interest. […]


Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

A child is carefully constructing a blanket fort. A person pauses in their car for an extra moment in the driveway. The Ilparpa Ranges are lit up golden on a post work pilgrimage to the clay pans. Do you remember your happy place when you were young? Nook is a new theatrical work that explores […]

Sally Balfour

Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

While the isolation and extremes of the NT loom large in Sally Balfour’s songwriting, Sally's music connects on an individual level. Sally Balfour hails from Darwin and will be performing the songs from her debut EP. "Sally Balfour's voice has a resonance that just draws you in and keeps you captivated. Balfour is that special […]


Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

10 astounding songwriters weave an intimate songbird celebration of connection: ‘KINDRED,’ combining their unique voices, styles and song stories. Be delighted as this supergroup of women and gender diverse performers share their light and insight into our shared humanity. Featuring Bambadino, Ceenah, Fan Fatale, Gleny Rae, Jessie May, Kirra Voller, Kodivine, Velia and XAVIA. Save […]

Get Tickets $15.00 – $40.00

Artisan Trail

Registrations are open! - click here to register.  Eclectic and diverse, the 2022 Artisan Trail will take visitors on a journey through different disciplines and locations across the two weekends of Desert Festival. The Artisan Trail is a self-guided tour of artist and craftsperson’s studios. It’s an opportunity for the community to visit some of […]

Author Talk: Matt Garrick, ‘Writing in the Sand’

Red Kangaroo Books 79a Todd Mall, Alice Springs, NT

Writing in the Sand, by Yothu Yindi's authorised biographer, Matt Garrick, is the epic story of one of Australia's most original bands and how 'Treaty' gave voice to Indigenous Australia's hard-fought struggle for recognition. Join author Matt Garrick and a local moderator at Red Kangaroo Bookstore for a lively discussion on this compelling book.

Children’s Ground: Ampe-mape Alyelheme! Kids Sing

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Stuart, NT

Anwerne Apurte Alyelheme Anwerne alyelheme angkentye Arrernte-le Anwerne angkentye nenhe lterrke atnyenetyeke Anwerne imerneme ampe mape-ke We are singing together We are singing in our language Arrernte We are keeping our language strong We are teaching it to our children Please join Arrernte families, children and educators from Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe (Children’s Ground) as we share […]

Kardboard Kingdom

Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

On The Wing Theatre Co. invites you to come and get creative in the Kardboard Kingdom! Blending workshop and theatre performance, this interactive piece gives audiences the chance to get crafty and then enjoy watching performers bring their creations to life. If you can't make this performance, check it out again on Friday 30th September, […]


Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

From Jakarta to Eora, Putrika will bring her alt-soul electronica sound to Mparntwe. Her sound is a combination of multi-layered synths, percussive and groovy beats, ambient soundscapes paired with soulful vocals. Putrika released her first self produced EP ‘Silmara’ at the beginning of the year and got a rotation on multiple Australian local radios. She […]

Song Circle with Emma Trenorden

Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

Come join the song circle! This workshop is open to people of all levels of singing - the only requirement being a joy for singing with others. Most Sunday afternoons Emma enjoys sharing and leading songs with Splinter Sisters, a small circle of singers in Alice Springs. She will share with you some quick-to-learn songs […]

Kavisha Mazzella: The Fearless Note

Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

ARIA award winner and songbird Kavisha Mazzella’s original songs lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Singing in English and Italian, she will take you on an uplifting journey of stories and songs ringing with echoes of Celtic and Fado influences that will strike a resounding chord within. With 8 solo albums […]

Get Tickets $15.00 – $40.00

Frank Yamma and Band

Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

Frank Yamma is one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters, with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries. A Pitjantjatjara man, Frank speaks five languages and sings in Pitjantjatjara and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply evocative voice tell stories of country, protection, heartache, travel and love. Frank Yamma is joined […]

Get Tickets $15.00 – $45.00

Panel: Creating Accessible and Inclusive Events, Programs and Communications with Incite Arts

Red Hot Arts Central Australia 67 Bath street, Alice Springs, NT

Incite Arts has been delivering inclusive arts programs since 2004. As an organisation, they have learnt a lot on their journey over the years and will be sharing these learnings in this exciting panel. From physical access to the need for accessibility in communications, this panel will be centred around how we can help make […]

The Buffel Harvest

Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

From artist and researcher Dean West, The Buffel Harvest is an experimental performance orbiting around a live demonstration of how to grow Oyster Mushrooms using Central Australian weed species Buffel Grass as a substrate. The demonstration will take you through harvest, pasteurisation, inoculation, incubation and finally harvest again. The demonstration will be elaborated with animations, […]

Get Tickets $7.00 – $20.00

Come to the Edge & Dancing in the Air – 4pm Showing

Centralian Senior College 10 Grevillea Dr, Alice Springs, NT

Come to the edge. We might fall. Come to the edge. It’s too high! Come to the edge. And they came. And he pushed. And they flew. - Christopher Logue Dusty Feet Dance Collective aims to create uplifting dance theatre that inspires and provokes. Set to an evocative soundtrack, with quirky characters, contemporary dance physicality […]

Get Tickets $10.00 – $25.00

Billy Black

Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

Billy Black is a talented and travelled singer and guitarist. He has performed across a wide array of musical styles over a long career of six stringed debauchery. Join him for a delicate evening of acoustic, pure, clean, joy.  

The Nestmakers – 6pm Showing

Festival Hub 123 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT

The Nestmakers is a time capsule of climate anxieties, a resting place for your doom and gloom. It is a funny and sad play about culpability and climate, bunkers and billionaires, and the refusal to give into your prepper side. Written by Betty Sweetlove and directed by Bek Law with dramaturgy by Declan Furber Gillick […]

Get Tickets $10.00 – $25.00