Participants meet at the Alice Desert Festival hub in the Youth Centre and follow performer Fina Po to a gathering point opposite the Todd Tavern. This event is called Out Hear in Alice Springs, so I’m expecting an emphasis on listening. Po tells us that she will lead a walk in silence – that is, without talk between us. Not talking will help us pay greater than usual attention. KIERAN FINNANE writes about her Out Hear experience.
No one dropped and you couldn’t beat it for sheer exuberance: the 23rd hour of the Alice Desert Festival’s 24 Hour Dance Marathon. Esther Nunn in the foreground (left) lasted the distance, one of three soloists to do so. The event was initiated by the SO REAL live arts company, principals Franca Barraclough and Melissa Kerl at right. Story and photos by KIERAN FINNANE.
For anyone who has grown old, who has feared growing old, who has watched a love one grow old; for anyone who has had a child, who has longed for child, who has lost a child; for any woman who has given birth; for anyone in lust, in young love; for anyone afraid of dying, for anyone wanting to meet death with equanimity – The Package is for you. Such is its broad sweep. Life’s package, with an emphasis on the female experience. KIERAN FINNANE reviews a theatrical production that is bound to be a highlight of this year’s Alice Desert Festival
"I want to get the festival up to a national level where it is considered on par with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane festivals, not in terms of scale but of content and programming." That is the mission, as she describes it, of Mary-Jane Reynolds, the manager of the Alice Desert Festival. For the moment, bigger funding and closer ties with Aboriginal artists are still works in progress. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Katlend Griffin and Robbie Hoad.