Desert Harmony Festival
65 Staunton St, Tennant Ck, NT
08 8962 2799
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31 July - 5 August 2015

A special thanks!

The Desert Harmony Festival would not have been made possible 

without our sponsors and many supporters.

 

And in particular the NDIA for all their support throughout the festival. We hope you enjoy this video that highlights the achievements this partnership has created for the 2015 Desert Harmony Festival. Let DIS be light!

 

 

Desert Harmony Festival 2015

The Desert Harmony Festival for 2015 has ended after a 5 day long celebration of cultural events, arts, music, amazing performances, creative workshops and more!

 

A big thank you to everyone who supported, assisted, participated and celebrated the festival with us this year!

 

We hope to see you again next year!

Tune into BAMFest live tonight at 6pm ACST

Tonight for BAMFest we wil feature the amazing talents of: Desert Mulga Band, Rayella, WMC Allstars, Barkly Boys, Lester Peterson, Derek Peterson and more great acts! Can't make it in person? Well make sure you jump online and watch the live web stream on our website on this link.

 

Thanks to the team at TiLT Vision for running the live stream! Don't forget to share your thoughts and pictures on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram with #DHF15.

 

Invited guest Kurt Fearnely

Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley will be visiting Tennant Creek for the Desert Harmony Festival Opening Ceremony to talk to locals about how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is changing lives in the Northern Territory and across Australia.

 

Mr Fearnley said he is thrilled to talk to people about the difference the NDIS is making in the Northern Territory.

 

“This is a great opportunity to talk to people on the ground in this uniquely Australian setting of the Barkly region about how the NDIS will change the lives of people with disability,” he said.

 

Mr Fearnley is a three-time Australian Paralympic gold medallist and has won marathons all around the world, including the New York, London and Chicago marathons multiple times. He has also completed the Kokoda track and sailed with a winning Sydney to Hobart Yacht race crew.

 

Mr Fearnley is a member of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council and is thrilled to talk to people about the difference the NDIS is making in the Northern Territory.

 

Join us at Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts & Culture Centre on Friday 31st July from at 5:30pm as we head towards Purkiss Reserve 6:30pm for the Opening Ceremony and Secret Show. Later on you can watch a theatrical performance of sport, theatre, dance and music for 'Team of Life' at 7:30pm, book tickets now.

 

Photographer: NY Road Runners.

Photography Installation

At our Festival events we like to decorate the venues to show off our community as much as possible.

 

In 2014, the VILLAGE FESTIVAL (our lovely festival venue designers) provided their giant inflatables to project community photographs onto.

 

We are doing it again this year, with our young FESTIVAL KICKS program taking the photos.

 

The theme is disABILITY.

 

Come along and have your photograph taken- can be with friends, family or carer. Or could be pictures of a wheelchair, fingers reading braille.

 

 

DATE: Wednesday 8th July and Thursday 9th July

TIME: 10am- noon

VENUE: Barkly Regional Arts

Call 8962 2799 so we know you are coming!

 

 

Festival Kicks Video

Our youth media program FESTIVAL KICKS has concluded after a 4 week program in film, photography, design and art during the school holidays. 

 

Special thanks to Centrecorp for supporting the Festival Kicks program. Visit our Facebook page to view pictures of our workshop.

 

In the movie making workshop, our young talented star Marlie MacNamara worked with professional Matt Woodham to create three great videos on 'Things to do in Tennant Creek,' check them out below:

 

About Tennant Creek

 

Winanjjikari Music Centre preparing for the festival

 

Horse riding at Jerry Kelly

 

Photography Installation

At our Festival events we like to decorate the venues to show off our community as much as possible.

 

In 2014, the VILLAGE FESTIVAL (our lovely festival venue designers) provided their giant inflatables to project community photographs onto.

 

We are doing it again this year, with our young FESTIVAL KICKS program taking the photos.

 

The theme is disABILITY.

 

Come along and have your photograph taken- can be with friends, family or carer. Or could be pictures of a wheelchair, fingers reading braille.

 

 

DATE: Wednesday 8th July and Thursday 9th July

TIME: 10am- noon

VENUE: Barkly Regional Arts

Call 8962 2799 so we know you are coming!

 

 

Woop Woop? 

Today we release our second Desert Harmony Festival TV Commercial.

 

This commercial features some of the incredible artists we have travelling to Tennant Creek to be with us.

 

The commercial was filmed in iconic locations in Melbourne and in our beautiful outback landscape in Tennant Creek to show the beginning of all our exciting collaborations together. 

 

Artists include: Opera Australia, the Melbourne City Ballet, Moira Finucane, Deaf Arts Network and TEAM OF LIFE. 

 

 

PowerWater Volunteer Team

Volunteers are one of the MOST important teams in the festival.

 

They look after the audience, artists and crew and make sure that everyone is having a good time and that things are running efficiently.

 

Its a great opportunity to meet new people and get involved in the community, plus be a part of the festival magic/madness.

 

Please register your interest here. We'd love to have you!

 

 

Experience Tennant Creek

Explore Tennant Creek even before you arrive! 

 

We have put together a selection of videos that give you an insight about what you might see, hear, do, taste and experience when you are here.

 

Everybody's experience will be different but it wil be one that you don't forget.

 

Click here to watch

 

Discover new landscapes with Marina Strocchi

Embark on a visual journey across the Territory’s unique landscape in Marina Strocchi’s exhibition, North and South 1992 – 2014, A Survey of Works by Marina Strocchi.

 

A mid-career survey show of paintings and works on paper, the exhibition will open at Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts and Cultural on 1 August.

 

Official opening on Saturday August 1st  for Hunters & Collectors Art Trail. See details here

Holiday workshops announced

If young people are looking for something creative to do these school holidays, the festival is running workshops each week.

 

They will become a part of the FESTIVAL KICKS crew who are a bunch of young people working to make the festival and us mob look good!

 

Click here to see workshops, dates and register

Surprise in the Desert

We are proud to release the community version of this years Desert Harmony Festival television commercial.

 

Filmed by BRA friend, Stuart Liddell, this commercial features locals explaining how they will be a part of this years festival.

 

Kids singing opera, teachers performing burlesque, country folk watching ballet, the festival is a wonderful surprise in the desert! 

Spectacular Line up!

After celebrating 25 years with 25 events in 2014 we are now bringing a 5 day jam packed festival for 2015.

 

The Festival Managers personal highlights include; CHEEKY DOG CYCLE TOUR, HUNTERS & COLLECTORS ART TOUR, Moira Finucane's THE BIRDS OF PARADISE and all the exciting community collaborations between local artists and the artists from across Australia.

 

Read our latest Press Release here

Festival Kicks

Thanks to help from CENTRECORP, we are able to run a program supporting youth in Tennant Creek to get involved in the festival.

 

‘FESTIVAL KICKS’ is about making our mob look good, so the young people will receive professional mentoring in photography and webcasting, be actively involved in the festival's social media and creating and decorating the festival venues.

 

If you are aged between 16-27 and would like to be involved, click here

This year’s event has just received a major boost from the Tennant Creek Local Authority that have become SILVER SPONORS. We have pulled together a fantastic line up of artists for you to enjoy on the NT public holiday Picnic Day, including legends Colouredstone Band and the electrifying Djuki Mala dancers. It’s a full day of cultural activities, markets, music and food, so get in early to get a good spot! 

Arts Culture Experience Day

The Journey of Matthias

Our young festival audience will be treated to an inspiring puppet show that follows the journey of Matthias, a young boy with FASD.

 

Thanks to Anyinginyi’s BRONZE sponsorship, this locally written and produced show, using the amazing FASD puppets, will be created. A group of professional puppeteers will bring it to life - adding music and songs to put a smile on everyone’s faces. 

Dance to your own beat: 

The Deaf Arts Network are bringing The Ripple Effect to Tennant Creek to engage people with hearing impairments and deafness through dance.

 

Through fun dance workshops, led by D.A.N, all you need to do is follow the moves. It will be a lot of fun for everyone involved and then you get to showcase your moves on stage. This has been made possible thanks to our FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS Catholic Care.

NDIA support DHF

Desert Harmony Festival is excited to announce it has received its first Major Supporter...NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency). To celebrate this year’s festival, the theme will reflect key messages around disability. Another great example of arts and health working together! See you at the fest!

 

Click here to read Senator Fifield's press release about their funding boost for the Desert Harmony Festival.

 

‪@NDIS #‎LetDISbelight‬ #‎NDIS‬ ‪#‎disABILITY‬

Festival artwork launched

DHF are excited to officially launch this year’s Desert Harmony Festival logo. Local artist, Dion Beasley, who has muscular dystrophy & is profoundly deaf, drew a series called ‘Little Boys’. This was the inspiration for this year’s design, which was created by Alice Springs designer, Elliat Rich, with desert landscapes and colour palettes inspired by artist Lindy Brodie.

 

Click here to read Senator Fifield's press release about the DHF artwork launch. 

Let DIS be Light

Every year the festival has a ‘Tag line’ which sums up theme. Thanks to our Major Supporters; NDIA, this years theme is to support key disability messages.

 

The 2015 Tag Line is ‘Let DIS be light’. Some times those with disability often feel too shy to interact socially, and so live in the shadows of their community. The festival is supporting people to step in to the light, shine, find your hidden warrior, enjoy positive activities and connect with the community.

 

Concept: combination of- “let there be light” and letters of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) to support awareness of what NDIS means.  

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