Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2016

Park staff wearing their beanies
Park staff wearing their beanies

At Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park we celebrated the Alice Springs Beanie Festival by wearing our beanies. This event began in 1997 with e ‘beanie party’ organised by Adi Dunlop and has gained international recognition since.

It has grown into a fun event where Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal artists share their culture and exhibit together. The festival is unique because of the incredible amount of community participation and unique ties with local Aboriginal organisations. The festival aims to develop Aboriginal women’s textiles, promote womens’ culture and the beanie as a regional art form, as well as promote handmade textile arts which it definitely achieves.

The festival was from June 24-27 but a display can still be viewed at Araluen Art Centre for all to see. Enjoy.

Spectacular Indigenous light festival to launch in Alice Springs

Media Release from the NT Government – 18 May 2016

A spectacular new event showcasing contemporary and traditional indigenous art will light up Alice Springs from 23 September – 2 October 2016.

Parrtyeme – a Festival in Light will be the first authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind in the world. It will feature Australia’s biggest-ever light show installation, with more than 2.5 kilometres of the MacDonnell Ranges lighting up as part of the event.

Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the Northern Territory Government have been working with AGB Events, creators of the award-winning Vivid Sydney, in close collaboration with Indigenous artists.

“The focus of the event is helping to share art, culture and stories from the Indigenous community,” Mr Giles said.

“Parrtyeme will be a breathtaking light display that will present the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.

“Created in close collaboration with local Indigenous artists, Parrtyeme will not only be a breathtaking event for the people of Alice Springs and the Territory, but also visitors from around Australia and the world who are looking for a truly authentic and contemporary Indigenous experience.”

“The festival will feature three separate, distinctive installations of original, authentic Indigenous art created by local artists, students and the community using light and sound.”

The inaugural annual event takes its name from the Arrernte word “Parrtma”, meaning “light up” or “lighting up”.

One featured installation will be a series of large illuminated 1950s-style circle skirts featuring the watercolour artwork of Lenie Namatjira, granddaughter of famous Hermannsburg Western Arrernte artist, Albert Namatjira.

Iris Bendor, Coordinator of Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra – Many Hands, an Aboriginal-owned and managed art centre said: “Parrtyeme is a terrific celebration of local culture, allowing the artistic community in Alice Springs to share their art and traditional Indigenous stories in a new way for the world to see.”

Mr Giles said the Country Liberals Government was working hard to develop a confident culture that celebrated the Territory’s outdoor lifestyle with world class events, festivals and arts.

“We are committed to expanding the range of tourism experiences and festivals on offer in the Northern Territory,” he said.

“This will be a magnificent celebration of Indigenous culture and is sure to become a popular fixture in the NT events calendar.”

Central Australia – The Place to Be for Events, June – August

Winter is definitely the most popular holiday season for Alice Springs and this year is no exception with a multitude of events and activities for visitors to the area to participate. Of course who can deny how beautiful Central Australia is at this time of the year. At Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park we have spent the past few months preparing the park for guests with lots of refurbishments taking place to buildings and facilities, gardens being beautified and roads resurfaced. Already the park is filling with happy travellers enjoying the ambiance only Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park offers.

These are just some of the events you can look forward to while visiting the Alice.

For the month of June there are two car/motorbike events on for all who enjoy the adrenaline of fast and furious racing. The world famous Finke Desert Race 10-13 June followed by the Classic Outback Trial Rally 18-24 June.

Continuing on into July we have Territory Day on July 1, most notable by the fact that for one day you can legally buy fireworks and let them off. The Alice Springs Show is also on July 1-2, and a week later the Apex Camel Cup is held on July 9. All famous Alice Springs events which attract visitors from all over Australia and the globe.

If June is the month for petrol heads then August is for fitness freaks!!

Run Larapinta is held August 12-15 and is a  four day trail running race on the iconic Larapinta Trail. This is followed later in the month by the Redback MTB Enduro  August 18-21 with four days and six stages of mountain bike racing in and around Alice Springs.

The fun continues with the Henley On Todd Regatta, the world’s only dry river boat race, on August 20. With such a great line-up of events there is no excuse not to visit Alice Springs so get packing, get on the road and we look forward to seeing you in the Alice.

If you would like to know anything else about the events described here just visit our Events Page for all the details.