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Artist applications now open for 2020 Desert Festival

Red Hot Arts Central Australia is encouraging artists of all disciplines to make a submission for next year’s Desert Festival, with artist applications now open for the 2020 event.

The 2020 Desert Festival runs from Thursday, 24 September to Sunday, 11 October and celebrates arts and culture in Alice Springs/Mparntwe through music, dance, comedy, theatre and film.

Local artists are eligible for the Desert Festival Show Development Program, which offers Territorians the opportunity to work with the festival team to develop various aspects of their show in the lead up to delivery.

The Desert Festival provides all successful applicants with marketing and promotional support, venue and production management, ticketing operations and additional income opportunities where applicable.

Red Hot Arts will hold two application information sessions on Thursday, 21 November, 2019 at 5pm and Thursday, 23 January, 2020 at 5pm at 67 Bath St, Alice Springs.

Local, intra and interstate artists are invited to apply through the online application form, or email for more information.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 7 February, 2020.

Quotes from Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) General Manager Tim Watsford:

“Desert Festival is a highlight on the Red Centre’s calendar of events, showcasing the incredible work of artists from across the Northern Territory and Australia.

“The festival always attracts a range of high quality applicants, and I’d encourage people of all ages to make a submission for next year’s event which promises to be a huge success.” 

Quotes from Red Hot Arts Central Australia Acting General Manager Jen Standish-White:

“Desert Festival defines the uniqueness of, the connection to and the cultural diversity of Central Australia, and this is your chance to participate in our iconic event.

“We will be celebrating the Desert Festival’s 20th Anniversary in 2020 and are looking for an eclectic mix of art forms to delight, look deeper and inspire our audiences.”

Media contact: NTMEC Media and Communications Officer 0439 065 321