Curious tourists, mothers with prams and workers on their lunch break walking down the Todd Mall yesterday were unexpectedly joined by three silent, bright eyed, pale clothed, ‘other-old-worldly’ strangers.
This was the Post Family performance, the third of the ‘Happenings’ in this year’s Alice Desert Festival. As we all know, the Festival features a vibrant program celebrating artists, dancers, actors and musicians from Central Australia – besides a selection of what I’m told are Australia’s hottest acts. Pictured are The Post Family trying to figure out Todd Mall. Photo by OLIVER ECLIPSE.
Police say a 32-year-old man will face court after allegedly deliberately lighting fires at the base of Anzac Hill overnight.
The man was arrested after a member of the public alerted police to his actions just after 6pm on Wednesday. He allegedly lit several fires near Schwarz Crescent and the Alice Springs Youth Hub which required two fire units to extinguish.
The man was arrested a short time later and he has been charged with setting fire to land or property and causing a bushfire. The latter charge attracts a maximum penalty of 15 years jail under the Criminal Code.
Mother, father and three daughters came together to win the Fantasia category and were chosen for acquisition at the annual Wearable Arts Awards on Saturday. Mother is Colleen Byrnes, a veteran of the awards and multiple prize-winner over the years. Husband Tony joined her as creator and together they fashioned from metal pieces, test tubes, wires and crystals exquisitely detailed bird-like forms to adorn Shae, Bec and Nikki in their Fluoro Swan Trilogy (pictured). The trio's appearance on stage was greeted with gasps of awe and appreciation from the audience, the only time this happened en masse during this year's presentation, no doubt helping to assure them of a win. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Slideshow photos in order of appearance: Fluoro Swan Trilogy by Colleen and Tony Byrnes (two shots); Wings in Flight by Colleen Byrnes; Aurora Solaris by Liza Balmer, Julia Burke and Jo Boniface; Lady (ooh) Lala by Carmel Ryan; From Rags to Glad Rags by Philomena Hali; Tie the Knot by Carmel Ryan; Nomadic Goddess by Tamara Burlando; Down the Rabbit Hole (Alice) by Mikael Bennion; The Future is Fantastic by Alecia Mc Nuff; Paradise Lost / Ulysses is Dying by Marge Coogan and Laurel Clegg; ensemble shot, showing Duprada Ballet Company dancers and Master Class entries. PHOTOS by KIERAN FINNANE.
If you're serious about spending the rest of your days in The Alice, chances are someone will pop the question: Got your booking in at the Old Timers?
And chances are it won't be at all an unfamiliar place: each year thousands of locals spend the second Saturday in August there, buying jams and books, dolls and clothing, getting their face painted, riding a hurdy gurdy, entertaining the crowd with a song or just having Devonshire Tea.
The fete is run entirely by volunteers, as Old Timers village manager Mary Miles explains in the film clip.
The interstate network of Frontier Services of the Uniting Church also kicks in: parishes in NSW, Victoria and South Australia send boxes of goodies – knitted goods, children's wear, coat hangers and knee rugs – seven trestle tables full.
Locals supply home made cakes, marmalades, and preserves. You can buy books by the box – $6 a small one or $10 a big one.
Anything new this year, the 44th fete? Nope. People like it the way it is – and was.
How many people go? Thousands. How much money is made? It was $64,000 last year. This year's takings are still being counted.
While in some places aged care homes exist on the fringe, this one thrives in the very hearts of the people of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.