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.