What are the actual dates for the festival, and what is this peak season business?
The 2012 Alice Desert Festival runs from 10 August – 10 October.
The peak season is the core 10 days of activity from Friday 7 – Sunday 16 September, spread over two main festival sites (The HUB and the Festival Club) and various other venues throughout Alice Springs.

What is the difference between the HUB and the Club?
The HUB is located at Anzac Oval on Wills Terrace from the 7-9 September. At the HUB there are two stages jam packed with musical entertainment and a broad range of community activities. Sunday features the fun filled Kids Day and throughout the weekend the site plays host to an array of feature artists.
The Festival Club welcomes visitors to the picturesque grounds of the Olive Pink Botanic Garden over five nights (12-16 Sept) during the Festival week. Held under the canvas of a boutique Big Top, this is a licensed venue. The Festival Club program features local and interstate performers, musicians, comedians and cabaret stars just to name a few. See each night’s line-up on the home page.

Where can I get a Festival program?
Programs are available from 10 August at local businesses around Alice Springs.
You can also visit the Alice Springs Town Council Chambers on Todd St or the Red Hot Arts Central Australia Art Space on Bath St to be assured a fresh copy.

Do I need to buy tickets?
Many Alice Desert Festival events are free; for those that aren’t we’ve made them as low cost as possible.
For a full list of free events go to the home page and use the art form selector.
To buy tickets visit the ticketing page here…

Who runs the Alice Desert Festival? Is it a not for profit organisation?
The Alice Desert Festival is produced by Red Hot Arts Central Australia (RHACA). RHACA is a registered not for profit community organisation with a board of governance. RHACA is also registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient, so any donations you make are Tax Deductible and will help us go about the business of continuing to make arts events as low cost as possible. Contact us if you wish to give.

Does the Alice Desert Festival run a schools program?
Currently we are not funded to deliver schools programs. This year we are presenting a special interactive schools showing of Bamba and the Big Tree in the Big Top at Olive Pink Botanic Garden. We work closely with many local schools to involve young people within the Festival. Teachers please contact us if you want to discuss possibilities.

Is there ample parking at Festival events?
At the HUB on Anzac Oval and the Festival Club at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden parking is very limited, so we recommend arriving to events early if you want to park close by, or even better, ride a bike. At the Festival Club we will be providing bike lock up facilities and VIP treatment for those who get themselves to the event the environmentally friendly way.

Are the venues accessible?
The majority of Alice Desert Festival venues are all accessible and have disabled toilets. Contact our office for further information.

At the HUB and Club is there food and drink available?
Yes. The HUB is an alcohol free venue but has a range of good quality food stalls open all weekend and running until late every evening.
At the Festival Club expect quality service from the boutique festival bar, stocking a range of quality and environmentally conscious beverages, including non-alcoholic options. There will also be a well catered cafe serving tasty treats well into the night.
Please visit the contact page to ask any questions that we haven’t answered here…


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