Common Ground

At the core of the Alice Desert Festival is the community. Common Ground is a place to celebrate this town’s unique character. Watch, listen, converse and learn. Participate and be inspired by sharing ideas and stories.

Come and join us for a diverse and engaging program of discussions, workshops, performances and activities.  Come and share your stories in photos, words, sound and video at the ABC Open tent and get water wise with Alice Water Smart.  Show us your hottest moves in the Dance Off and participate in the action all weekend long. Pick up a hula hoop, a book or just relax and enjoy your weekend in the comfy lounge environment.

Highlights of the Common Ground program:

Saturday 8 Sept

11am ‘What is a Sustainable House,’ panel discussion

What is the connection between sustainability and the way we live? How can our homes help transition the future? Come and learn practical tips, and join a lively discussion about how we motivate and empower ourselves to create sustainable houses with Liz Locksley from Alice Water Smart, Alex MacLean from DesertSMART COOLmob, Neil Rilatt from Alice Solar City and Ben Wall, a recent Eco-Invention Winner and experimental builder.

12.30pm The Ninja Circus – from Kintore.

A MacDonnell Shire Youth Project.

Come and watch in awe as these kids flip, twist, balance and fly with tricks that will delight!

2pm Dusty Feet Dance Collective-Kids Performance.

2.30pm Dance Off-Youth Dance Competition.

Dancers around Alice, come and show us what you’re made of!

We’re calling out for groups and solo dancers, to get involved in the fun, for your chance to win tickets to Saturday night at the HUB Feat: Sietta!

 Sunday 9 Sept 

11.30am Creating Common Ground for Alice’s Future.

Hosted by Jason Quin, Social Enterprise HUB Manager, Desert People’s Centre.

Panel includes: Harold Furber, Chair of Desert People’s Centre and Board member of Desert Knowledge and Ninti One; Jimmy Cocking, Coordinator, Arid Lands Environment Centre and co-founder, Wide Open Space Festival; Ben Convery, Curator, Olive Pink Botanic Garden and Joe Pickett, Alice Desert Festival Manager.

Do you have a question or comment for the panel? Come down and be part of the discussions or send your questions and comments prior to the event to [email protected]

12.30pm Come and meet the Alice Springs Scouts Group.

Were you a Scout when you were a kid?  Who are the Scouts? What do the Scouts do? How do you get involved? Come and learn about the exciting and wonderful things they do in our community.

 2.30pm Water Smart Gardening workshop

The weather is beautiful and it’s time to garden. But do you know how to water your garden here in the arid zone? Our research has shown that on average, people in Alice Springs give their gardens twice the water they need. Benefits of a water smart garden include healthier plants which have deeper roots and are more resilient. Alice Water Smart wants to help you become a water smart gardener by answering your questions, sharing tips, prizes, and watering schedules. Proudly presented by Alice Water Smart.

See you there!


Presented by: Red Hot Arts Central Australia

Event Information

Saturday 8 Sept, 10am–4pm and Sunday 9 Sept, 11am–4pm

The HUB, Anzac Oval, Wills Tce

Cost: Free Event

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