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Experience the magic of Australian indigenous culture in a panoramic desert Festival site Alice Springs 9 - 13 October 2013

Concerts + Theatre + Dance + Visual Arts + Workshops + Film
in a panoramic desert Festival site www.mbantuafestival.com.au
Under the co-direction of filmmaker and TV director Rachel Perkins and event and theatre maker Nigel Jamieson, and hosted by the Arrernte peoples of Central Australia, the 5-day Mbantua Festival provides a unique and authentic experience of Central Australian Indigenous desert cultures and communities through traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, art, film and food from 9-13 October in Alice Springs.

Jessica Mauboy, Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, Bernard Fanning, Tjintu Desert Band, Djupi Band, Frank Yamma, Archie Roach, Warren H. Williams and many others perform in an unprecedented NT line up at the inaugural Mbantua Festival. Mbantua Festival also features two world premiere music and theatre events Bungalow Song in association with Opera Australia and Bush Mechanics Live.

The panoramic desert festival site will be the location for concerts, visual arts, workshops, demonstrations and forums that promote sharing among Indigenous and other Australians, including painting, weaving, jewellery-making, bush medicine and bush tucker, a Spear Throwing Competition and the Great Billycan Race.

Director Rachel Perkins says the desert is the perfect place for a local festival with global appeal. β€œThe red earth of Central Australia provides an expansive stage for performances under the brilliant canopy of a desert sky. The Mbantua Festival will bring together local desert communities in a vibrant celebration of their Indigenous traditions and culture, which are embedded in the surrounding country. Visitors to Alice Springs for the festival will have a unique opportunity to experience dreaming stories – conjured through song, dance, music and art – presented in the heart of the country where they began millennia ago.”

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