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Desert Song Festival Alice Springs (Music Events)

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Alice Springs Events

Fri, 07 Sep 18 – Sun, 16 Sep 18

Desert Song is Central Australia’s own singer’s festival.

The annual Festival will take place during September 2018 with an exciting program where singers, choirs and audiences from Alice Springs and Central Australia and visitors to the region will experience ten days of the most captivating choral performances.

Choirs from the vibrant multi-cultural Centralian communities will come together to present a  series of events that showcase the voice: the singer and the song.

Aboriginal traditional and sacred music, ballads, classical compositions, African freedom songs, Caribbean folk music and a Cappella singing will make their appearance on the cultural smorgasbord that is Central Australia.

‘Asante Sana’ and other Alice-based choirs, small vocal ensembles and individual performers will join together in a number of events including major concerts, chamber concerts, lunch time recitals, workshops and a 'progressive' concert through iconic heritage locations in Alice Springs, a singing tour through the Ranges and much more.

“Desert Song Central' – the late night festival club, will be back with a great 'off the main stage' line up and ‘A Cappella in the Gorge’ will again be the festival's climax.

This year’s festival will feature three ‘not to be missed’ events:

A ‘singing and cultural tour’ through the ancient and beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges – culture, landscape and song – a 4-day mid-week event, conducted by one of Central Australia’s award winning adventure tour operators. 25 lucky people will be have the experience of a lifetime, a not to me missed ‘money-can’t-buy’ tour offering cultural experiences, bush tucker, bush cooking and camping out under the stars: a serene outback adventure including interaction with the people of an Aboriginal community west of Alice Springs.

The Festival will provide a facilitator to lead the party in some wonderful singing while on this tour.

The ‘icing on the cake’ will be the celebration of ten great winter seasons of rehearsals and performances by the Festival’s main act – the community choir Asante Sana – during the Festival’s final weekend, with the customary festival-ending concert ‘A Cappella in the Gorge’ this year to be held at Central Australia’s premier bush getaway, the Ross River Resort in the in the majestic East MacDonnell Ranges.

This wonderful but largely unknown story of choral practice and musical heritage will be unveiled through a Festival-opening Symposium, followed by a ground-breaking performance at the Araluen Performing Arts Centre by Indigenous women’s choirs from Alice Springs, and from the remote communities of Hermannsburg, Areyonga, Titjikala, Mutitjulu and Docker River.

*Dates to be confimed*

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