Desert Song Festival
The Desert Song Festival returns to stages and venues in Central Australia for its fifth annual incarnation in the Spring of 2017. Choirs, singers, musicians, local residents and visitors from interstate and overseas will be in for a treat: another '10 glorious days of music’ in the desert heart of Australia. This annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance has become the most popular festival in Central Australia in September.
With the majestic Ranges and Gorges of Central Australia as its backdrop and the locations of many of its events, the Desert Song Festival gives the visitor a unique experience of the ancient Central Australian landscape. There is something ethereal, almost ‘spiritual’ about being immersed in a musical event cradled in a Central Australian Gorge. Other events will be staged in many of the fine heritage buildings and iconic venues within the built environment of Alice Springs. Together with the opportunity to connect with the original inhabitants of the land, this festival presents the visitor with a compelling reason to ‘do the NT’, by visiting ‘a town like Alice’.
Choral concerts, Chamber concerts, Recitals and Workshops will feature new musical works, classical repertoire, African freedom songs, Aboriginal traditional and sacred music, ballads, and Caribbean Folk Music. Asante Sana, other Alice-based choirs, visiting interstate chorales and smaller ensembles, individual performers and groups from different sacred music traditions, will again join together in a number of events. Celebrating the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and the people, the Desert song Festival will present a diverse program that will again make a unique contribution to the cultural smorgasbord that is Central Australia.