The annual Desert Harmony Festival (DHF) presents a diversity of artistic and cultural programs celebrating the Barkly region's unique Indigenous and multicultural demographic. It has been built as a festival of Territory significance and is the Barkly’s main event to; promote artists from the Barkly region, share culture for education and harmony, support community safety through participation, and collaboration with a diverse range of the community.
As a presenter, collaborating with national arts companies and artists, Barkly Regional Arts offers arts experience of excellence to a region that has otherwise no other opportunity. The DHF is therefore BRAs annual flag ship arts project, offering over 5,000 locals and visitors to one of Australia’s remotest locations, the opportunity to interact with and experience the full artistic power of the Barkly region.
The DHF runs for 1 full day in the middle of the tourist and NT Festival season. There are a number of annual ‘evergreen’ events that occur each year, such as; Opera Australia, BAMfest (Barkly Area Music Festival), a Cultural Experience Tour, and Youth Performances. The festival is a combination of these’ evergreen’ events and national headline acts produced with high levels of professionalism by BRAs festival team. The DHF provides the bridge that enables the unique culture, music, visual arts, dance, language and stories of the Barkly region to be shared locally, nationally and internationally.