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desert harmony festival 2015
DESERT Harmony 2015 acknowledged
and valued people with disabilities, their
families and carers connecting commu-
nity through the arts.
The festival provided important learning about
National Disability Insurance Scheme with local
NDIS staff and visiting disability sector organ-
isations while showcasing the amazing artists of
Tennant Creek and Barkly.
Desert Harmony went way beyond the festival
program connecting local artists and community
with professional artistic collaborations across the
Northern Territory and Australia.
Festival 2015 created links for local and regional
performers with Melbourne City Ballet, Opera Aus-
tralia and Deaf Arts Network providing ongoing
support and development into the future.
In the words of creative and dynamic festival
manager Kathy Burns, “Desert Harmony Festi-
val facilitates community arts access for health,
education, wellbeing and enjoyment in addition
to showcasing Indigenous culture.”
Two-way cultural learning, superb artistic perfor-
mance and festival good vibrations are conveyed
nationally and internationally via web cast events,
social media and word of mouth, absolute tourism
gold for our town and region!
Puppet show The Key was Music, funded by
Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation, enter-
tained and educated families about Foetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorder through a creative arts medium
demonstrating local leadership on a national stage.
Barkly Regional Arts as festival organisers
coordinate a mountain of work, artistic practice
and community events with valuable support of
Governments, business, community organisations
Congratulations Barkly Regional Arts, Winan-
jjikari Music Centre, NDIS and community on
an excellent 2015 artistic program with massive
‘BRAVO’ for volunteers and festival workers.
Member for Barkly
A fantastic festival program
BARKLY ELECTORATE OFFICE: Phone 8962 4641. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OVER the past two years we’ve
been working hard to get Govern-
ment finances back in order and
now we continue to be in a much
better position to invest in build-
ing the territory, particularly our re-
You would have read through the past
few months of some of these investments
we’re making to unlock the great potential
of the Barkly.
I am pleased to inform you of another
planning initiative we are doing to facilitate
strategic local road infrastructure projects,
and we will be looking at ways to improve
road access through transport studies.
Recently, I announced the Barkly Re-
gional Council was successful in obtaining
$220,000 for multiple traffic management
This includes $100,000 to develop a traf-
fic management study for Tennant Creek,
and $120,000 remote communities.
These studies will identify future road
requirements to cater for increases in
freight, travel and tourism demands, and
assisting in improving roads for future
growth and investment in our remote com-
munities, helping to connect business and
This process allows local people to help
develop the plans for future roads needs
through consultation at the local level
through the Barkly Regional Council.
I’d also like to say a big thank you to the
team at the Battery Hill Mining Centre for
making me so welcome when I visited and
toured the facility.
A Northern Territory grant of $235,000
has enabled the tourist attraction to re-open
for tourists and locals alike.
This is just another must see in the Barkly
and we want to see tourism grow and flour-
ish. It no wonder the tourist number at the
centre are up 50 per cent!
Recently I attended the Tennant Creek
Show and a big thank you to those of you
that said hello or offered up ideas on im-
proving the Barkly.
I really do enjoy a thorough catch-up in
this neck of the woods, and I will be tell-
ing people about the incredible hospitality
locals provide when I come to visit.
Feel free to email me anytime chief.min-
Chief Minister Adam Giles’ portfolio includes Minister for Tourism, Minister for Northern and Central
Australia Minister for Economic Development and Major Events Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
MLA Gerry McCarthy (left) volunteered at the Desert Harmony Festival.
Pictured right is festival manager Kathy Burns.
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The Pièce De Résistance for 2015
AND we said “Let DIS Be
The 26th annual Desert Har-
mony Festival has brought
the community together by
promoting key disability mes-
sages and inclusivity over the
This year’s festival packed
incredible events and activities
across the days for all to enjoy
and we think it was a hit.
Since the beautiful ‘Welcome
to Country’ at Nyinkka Nyunyu
on Friday night, set by the sa-
cred site, where the local men
and women’s dance group per-
formed their traditional dances,
Festival audiences have been
treated to a wonderful program
The official opening cer-
emony at Purkiss Reserve took
everyone by surprise with its
fantastic production of the
Marngrook Footy Show by the
Stronger Sisters and host, Leila
Webcast globally for the
world to see, our bright young
ladies chatted footy and inter-
viewed famous guests, such as
gold medallist, Kurt Fearnley.
The Stronger Sisters had
been working with Leila and
the company KAGE for the
week leading up to the festival
to put together that incredible
show, even designating tech-
nical roles off camera for the
students to do.
Team of Life, then show-
cased a beautiful production
that fused dance, theatre and
sport to show the importance
of accepting differing cultures
rather than seeing them as a
barrier. The night concluded at
the Sporties with ‘Wild World
of Sporties’ emceed by Alice
Springs DJ duo, Cutlery.
Kurt Fearnley presented
Nicole Blankenspoor with
a signed Port Power jumper
for best dressed and Karen’s
Kitchen staff waited on guests
with a delicious assortment of
It was a great start to the Fes-
tival and set a high standard of
what audiences would expect to
see over following days.
The NDIS disABILITY Plat-
form at Peko Park was an apt
addition to the program on the
weekend and audiences soaked
up the beautiful sunny weather.
A free community barbeque,
art workshops, friendly stall
holders, a live 8CCC radio
broadcast and a delightful
range of performances brought
the community together and
gave everyone a platform to
The Barky Divas sang with
heart, the Deaf Arts Network
taught young kids dance and
theatre proving sound doesn’t
need to be a barrier, The Dirty
Word shone a light on com-
munity members to give them
a voice to be heard and the
Melbourne City Ballet graced
the stage, wowing audiences.
The real highlights though
were a powerful FASD Puppet
show and Jameson Casson’s
The FASD puppet show was
a concept that Festival Man-
ager, Kathy Burns pitched to
Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal
Corporation to fund to promote
the importance of not drinking
Emma Newman was hired
to script the show along with
Jillian Taylor and women from
Stronger Families, to ensure
that the story was relevant to
our community. Professional
puppeteers from Melbourne
brought it to life, presenting
audiences with a very power-
The production was filmed
and will now be used as a re-
source for Anyinginyi to take
The AIM Church gave audi-
ences a rare treat when they
sang in chorus their beauti-
ful hymns in language. The
all-woman choir was there to
support Jameson Casson who
took centre stage to sing songs
that he loved.
The program still had many
more treats in store as Barkly
musicians rocked the stage at
BAMFest, the Barkly Multicul-
tural Association showed of the
various faces of our community
and Moira Finucane’s Caravan
Burlesque had everyone up
dancing amongst the glittering
light. Local performers joined
this sexy team of sirens proving
that talent in the Barkly is of a
very high standard.
The ‘Arts Culture Experience
Day’went to another level with
a full day of amazing perfor-
mances and culture activities,
set by the stunning backdrop of
Lake Mary Ann, with a crowd
of more than 1000 people pour-
ing in to watch the spectacular
Djuki Mala dancers.
The long weekend also in-
cluded some innovative tourist
activities such as the ‘Hunt-
ers & Collectors Art Tour’
which had visitors and locals
on a guided bus tour to Tennant
Creek’s galleries where exhibi-
tions and refreshments awaited.
Early risers joined Kurt Fearn-
ley on a bike ride to Battery
Hill, others woke up gently at
Susan Wrights morning yoga
and for the adventurers who
followed Dion Beasley and the
team from Anyinginyi Sport
and Rec on the Cheeky Dog
Cycle Tour got a great perspec-
tive of the town on bikes.
Continued on page 8.
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