Posts Tagged ‘alice springs desert festival

The pilgrim’s progress

Oct 01, 2010 | Discuss

The pilgrim's progress

I recommend Kieran Finnane’s story in the Alice Springs News (30/9/10) introducing one of the Alice Springs Desert Festival’s most interesting and enduring characters, Shuji Iijima. Shuji has become a kind of unofficial chronicler of the festival over his many September visits to Alice Springs, beginning in 2001. I lost contact with Shuji after I met him for the first time last year,  sampling fried witchetty grubs at the Wildfoods Recipe competition, when a day or two later he sudd...Read more

After the festival

Sep 20, 2010 | Discuss

After the festival

As another desert festival fades away, what happens to its beautiful leftovers? “Music is everywhere,” is the motto of Hubbub Music and its creator Steve Langdon, who, with the involvement of sculptor Dan Murphy and students from the Centre for Appropriate Technology, gave the The Alice Desert Festival one of its more genuinely engaging creations this year. The 15 metre sound sculpture led the parade but came into into its own on the cold wet weekend at the Festival Hub. I won’...Read more

Could the Desert Divas change our violent world?

Sep 16, 2010 | Discuss

Could the Desert Divas change our violent world?

By Dave Price Last week I marched in the Ingkintja Male Health mob’s ‘Stop the Violence’ rally. It was wonderfully inspiring. I have always known that Aboriginal people are fully capable of identifying and coping with their own problems if we could only get past all the hypocrisy, cheap sloganising and cynical politicking. The next day an under 17’s football grand final in Alice ended in a violent riot sparked by the Ntaria team’s assault on members of the opposing ...Read more

Aussie food enters wild new terrain

Sep 12, 2010 | Discuss

Aussie food enters wild new terrain

Former Alice Springs chef Miranda Sage was well-known for her culinary achievements when she lived here in years gone by … but in recent years she has gone completely wild. The evidence is her Totally Wild Terrine, Salad and Pickles, which won Miranda equal first prize in the Alice Springs Desert Festival’s Wild Bushfoods Recipe Competition. That made it two years in a row for Miranda, who last year entered an equally beautifully presented Bushman’s Bag and Swag. It’s onl...Read more

Various visions

Sep 11, 2010 | Discuss

Various visions

They say the whole world is a parade, and more than one of of Alice’s worlds were up for it on the first day of the tenth Alice Springs Desert Festival. The caterpillar dreaming that has defined Mbantwe for millenia led the procession, while beautifully dressed migrants from all over the planet made an impressive statement of the town’s increasingly multicultural nature and the Asanta Sana Choir sang freedom songs from Africa. With cardboard cutouts of solar cars and invocations to flower po...Read more


Sep 20, 2009 | Discuss

From giant caterpillars and spiders to a mass rendition of Wipeout, the amazing creations of children from all over the Centre dominated the opening day of the Alice Springs Desert festival. Alice Online was there. ( “Wipeout” and Ti Tree School appear in the second film only) George Rrurrambu Burarrwanga was one of the NT’s most exciting and electrifying performers. As lead singer for the legendary Warumpi Band he bridged not only the gap between the saltwater and desert peoples, but reac...Read more

Miranda’s Bush Tucker Bag

Sep 19, 2009 | 1 Comment

Miranda's Bush Tucker Bag

‘What’s that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?” “Well, actually, officer, it’s not a jumbuck. It’s … well it’s a bit more complicated than that …’’ “Sure, tell that to the judges.’’ There was no need for Miranda Sage to jump in the billabong after she presented her dish at this year’s Bush foods Recipe Competition. In fact, the judges were so impressed by the contents of her tucker bag they gave her first prize for best savoury dish. Miranda de...Read more