Events

Big and famous, or small and impromptu, events in Central Australia often wryly mock grander traditions from other parts of the world. Things are usually done differently here.

The beat goes on

Sep 15, 2013 | Discuss

The beat goes on

This year’s super-short Desert Festival has come and gone in a blink. In case you missed it, here a few highlights of last Wednesday’s parade, winding up with a splendid impromptu performance by Bush Mechanics — one of the few that set this festival apart from any other! – D.R....Read more

The inspiring stories and extraordinary variety of desert art

Aug 28, 2013 | Discuss

The inspiring stories and extraordinary variety of desert art

Story from Desart Once again, the Desert Mob Symposium will this year bring artists from Desart member art centres, together with special guests for a day of inspiring stories and remarkable projects. This year’s line-up includes: Jonathan Braun, Media Correspondent NITV National News, and Yhonnie Scarce, one of the first Indigenous artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass. Yhonnie describes her work as politically motivated and emotionally driven. Her works were most ...Read more

This desert life

May 31, 2013 | Discuss

This desert life

Nicole Pietsch, curator of This Desert Life This Desert Life is a collaborative exhibition of environmental desert-inspired art being held at the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens Gallery, to celebrate World Environment Day. The exhibition explores what it is that makes living in the desert a unique experience, and our hopes and dreams for desert life in the future. The exhibition is a fundraiser for the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC),  Central Australia’s only environmental organisation. ALE...Read more

Unfashionable thoughts at Christmas

Dec 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

Unfashionable thoughts at Christmas

My Christmas gift to you, dear Alice Online reader, is a recommendation for some sturdy but rewarding holiday reading. I’m almost certain if it was not one of author Steven Pinker’s intentions, but The Better Angels of Our Nature has renewed my conviction that Christmas is actually worth commemorating. Not a bad achievement, considering Pinker is fairly obviously an atheist and critical not only of the various churches that Jesus inspired, but of some of the theological cornerstones on which...Read more

The Pink hook

Dec 03, 2012 | Discuss

The Pink hook

When Sue Fielding became the Beantree Cafe’s official poet in residence, she felt much as she does when setting out on a new poem. “The hook can be a sentence or a phrase that carries me forward into the making of the poem,” she says of her creative process. “I’m often surprised where it takes me .” This Saturday the unexpected fruit of her six month journey will be publicly launched: In the Pink: Poems from the Garden, a collection of works by 19 Alice Springs wr...Read more

The dance of enablement

Nov 06, 2012 | Discuss

The dance of enablement

Around this time last hundreds of Alice Springs residents were given an impressive introduction to disability dance theatre with the performance of Close To Me. The young performers from Life Without Barriers and Acacia Hill – many, along their teachers and carers, making their stage debut  – had been workshopping their life-changing performance for nearly six months  under the direction of Kat Worth. Now Arts Access Central Australia is hosting a visit by Tara Brandel, artistic directo...Read more

The devil is in the detail

Oct 04, 2012 | Discuss

The devil is in the detail

Congratulations to Alice Springs filmmaker Chris Tangey for putting principles above profit over his now famous clip of a “dust devil” or fire tornado or ” to American vice-president-turned-climate change activist Al Gore. The spectacular footage went world-wide, and prompted Gore’s office to approach Chris for the rights to use it in their productions. As reported by News Limited, Chris questioned why Al Gore would want to use a natural phenomenon to promote his beliefs ...Read more

Are you ready, boots?

Sep 20, 2012 | Discuss

Are you ready, boots?

The exhibition, Walking Country opens tonight, Friday 21 September, at 6pm at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden and will run until 8 October. Central Australian Bushwalkers president Michael Giacometti writes: What is over that spinifex-covered ridge, through that boulder-strewn chasm, or beyond the sheer red walls of that gorge carved by millennia of flood and drought? These questions nurtured the exploits of European explorers of the 19th Century and social anthropologists of the early 20th Cent...Read more

Here we go again!

Aug 24, 2012 | Discuss

Here we go again!

  Rolf Gerritson: After pork barrelling and scandalous waste of money, business as usual after the election?  (Alice Springs News)...Read more

An unchanging Show of impermanance

Jul 09, 2012 | 1 Comment

An unchanging Show of impermanance

July in Alice Springs can seem like a groundhog day of a month, beginning with the delights and horrors of Territory Day, the explosions petering out all too slowly (as does the annual talkshow debate over them) .. and in the midst of the acridity, the sweetness of showtime. No matter what you do to the Alice Springs Show, it almost always looks, smells and feel essentially the same. Very occasionally there is rain – once even sleet – but the exceptions define the rule. Over decades, the ove...Read more

New improved Mondays

Jun 17, 2012 | Discuss

New improved Mondays

By Alecia Buchanan and Dom Costello Back in February a local musician Dom Costello decided Alice Springs was ready, and it was time to re-launch the Monday night jam, a once very popular event at the Todd Tavern led by Herman Marcic. The idea has taken off – we now have over 200 signed up members and average about 100-130 punters getting down to the Todd every Monday night to enjoy an eclectic range of music. We’ve had everything from good old rock and roll to African beats, hip hop, jazz, s...Read more

Sustainable Couture takes off

Jun 07, 2012 | Discuss

Sustainable Couture takes off

The 2012 Sustainable Couture Collection, ‘Weddings, Parties….Everything’ , will take off at the Central Australian Aviation Museum on Thursday, 21 June. Tickets for the parade are $5.00 and are available from the Central Australian Aviation Museum, Central Craft, Dymocks and Travelbaggers. Sustainable Couture is a fashion event created by a group of Alice Springs women who have fused their skills as artists, designers and skilled garment makers, with a unique approach to recycling. So...Read more