Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0905 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2014
desert harmony festival
THE 25th Desert Harmony Festi-
val has now officially come to a
Spanning 17 spectacular days, this fun,
colourful and creative Festival truly
brought out the unique community spirit
of Tennant Creek and the Barkly region.
The Festival delivered a breadth of
cultural, community, art, music, sport,
and fine diving events and festival goers
were treated to a variety of workshops
and interactive experiences.
The annual Street Parade kicked off the
Festival, and saw community members
and organisations take to the streets with
their colourful and whacky designs.
The Opening Ceremony was a frenzy
of colour and fire as Psycus Duo on Fire
and Ninja Circus dazzled audiences
with breathtaking displays of acrobatics
The CWA 33rd Art Award and High
Tea brought community members to-
gether for a long-standing tradition, and
showcased the wonderful artistic talents
of our community.
The performance that followed from
Leash and The Dusty Boots was truly
The 25 song requests performed reflect-
ed 25 years in the Barkly, and brought
with it a number of beautiful stories and
connection to family, friends and place.
Deadly Dancing Youth Night had stu-
dents from across the Barkly showing off
their deadly dance moves, and The Dirty
Word uncovered some hidden writing
talents and stories.
The annual Gala Dinner brought with
it a picturesque sunset as diners enjoyed
the breathtaking view from Battery Hill.
Audience members were treated to an
interactive cooking experience with Sey-
chelles Islander Grace Barbe, followed
by an energetic, dance floor pumping
The Hollywood inspired ‘Sunset Ses-
sions Cabaret’ night showcased the
amazing creative talents of the Barkly
community, with a few special guest
travellers joining in on the fun.
Treated to a stunning four-course,
Greek inspired meal, courtesy of Kat-
erina’s Café, this sold out show had audi-
ence members laughing, clapping, crying
and blown away by the local talent.
The launch of the Artists of the Barkly
exhibition, ‘Lush Desert’, featured
beautiful paintings from the Mungkarta,
Elliott, Canteen Creek, Epenarra and
Inspired by the intense summer rainfall
and flooding across the region earlier this
year, the exhibition marked the opening
of the fantastic new Barkly Regional Arts
Jam Café, an annual collaboration
between the Winanjjikari Music Centre
musicians and Griffith University, show-
cased some amazing talents.
For the first time ever, this event was not
only streamed live online to the world,
but broadcast live on ICTV for remote
communities to tune in and enjoy.
The Tennant Creek Primary School
‘Music Extravaganza’ was a fun filled
night, with students showing off their
colourful Disney inspired costumes and
busting their dance moves to the much
loved Disney classics.
The Deadly Funny comedy night had
audience members falling out of their
seats and gasping for air, as the Mel-
bourne International Comedy Festival
Roadshow brought with it some of Aus-
tralia’s finest Comedians.
The annual Arts Culture Experience
Day was a hub of activity.
With a vibrant art market, kangaroo tail
and damper making, bush tea, art, craft,
music and comedy workshops, there
were lots of great activities for festival
goers to experience.
The Multicultural dinner that followed
provided a unique opportunity to taste
various cultural cuisines and treated audi-
ences to traditional dance, including the
fun plate smashing custom by the local
Those in the mood to party then moved
on to ‘Jeg Jam’, this annual rock n roll
fringe event had festivalgoers dancing
the night away to some of Australia’s
finest original music.
The 25th Desert Harmony Festival then
finished off with an almighty bang!
The annual BAMFEST day saw Indig-
enous musicians from across the Barkly
and NT, combine forces for an evening
of original and truly inspirational music.
There was no better way to celebrate
community, place, times and events, then
through song, story and dance.
On behalf of Barkly Regional Arts &
the Desert Harmony Festival, we’d like
to thank the wonderful community for
their support, partnership, collaboration
and good vibes.
Festival brings out community spirit
Photos courtesy of
BARKLY REGIONAL ARTS.
By LINCOLN MACKINNON
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