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Fabulous inclusions for fabALICE Festival

One of the country’s most fabulous festivals returns to the stunning Red Centre from 12-14 March 2021, and this year’s fabALICE features some welcome new additions to the program. 

To kick off the three days of festivities, and in the spirit of inclusivity, NT Police will hold an official Rainbow Flag-Raising Ceremony at 10am on Friday, 12 March, at the Alice Springs Police Station. All are welcome to attend.

In addition, this year’s Friday evening Street Party will feature some of the Territory’s essential workers, with members from PFES and St John NT leading the parade. Their inclusion is a small way to show the community’s appreciation for their efforts during the COVID pandemic. The Street Party, which takes place in Todd Mall from 5-9pm, is a free event and all are welcome.

In another first for the festival, Network 10’s The Project will cross to one of Australia’s best-known entertainers, Courtney Act, live from Alice Springs this week. Courtney is in town to meet some indigenous drag queens and find out more about fabALICE. This will see the event beamed across the nation.

fabALICE features cabaret, comedy, drag, film, music and more against the glittering landscape of Alice Springs. The event, which began in 2019, continues to grow in popularity, with the 2021 Saturday night Carnivale already sold out. In another new development, this year’s program also features a number of Partner Events. The first is a viewing of Bohemian Rhapsody screening at Alice Springs Cinema on 11 March at 6pm.

fabALICE is partly funded by the Northern Territory Government through the Northern Territory Major Events Company. To find out more about what’s on the program this year, visit

Quotes from Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO, Tim Watsford:

“fabALICE is one of the most inclusive events on the Territory events calendar. Each year it brings together people from all parts of the community to celebrate diversity and everything that makes Alice Springs so unique.

“Essential workers are a huge part of any Territory community, and to see them involved in fabALICE is very fitting.

“Events like fabALICE not only provide entertainment and opportunities for Territorians; they also encourage interstaters to visit the region. As fabALICE continues to grow in popularity, so will its reputation as a fun, inspiring celebration to experience, and so will the number of people from across Australia who attend.”

Quotes from Dale McIver, Event Manager, fabALICE Festival:

“We are delighted to be kicking off events for Alice Springs this year with a jam-packed program across the festival. We have worked hard to ensure we deliver our events in a COVID-safe environment and welcome the inclusion of our new partner events this year.

“For an event that is only three years young, we are excited to present an extended community program, ensuring a wider range of inclusivity for the Alice Springs Community. We look forward to a fabulous few days of fun, glitter, feather boas and celebrating with the whole community.”

Media Contact: NT Major Events Media Manager 0406 621026