As the weather cools down, the cultural festival season is warming up! Many of the Art Centres who will presenting at the 2014 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair are involved in exciting regional events in the lead up to August. Read below to find out more…

Image courtesy of Barunga Festival.

Alice Springs Beanie Festival, June 20th-23rd 

Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a four day event held in the heart of Australia bringing together over 6000 original handmade beanies (woolly hats) from around the world. The Festival celebrates outrageous headgear and promises a heart-warming, soul enriching experience full of colour and joy.

The Festival Program includes exhibitions, Craft Workshops, live entertainment, scrumptious food and the opportunity to meet and experience the Indigenous people of remote Central Australia through workshops, demonstrations, art and genuine bushtucker. Tjanpi Desert Weavers will be holding weaving workshops on June 21st & 22nd. Get your tickets here.

Ikuntji Artists Festival, June 7th-8th

Ikuntji Artists is celebrating 21 years of existence with a weekend of events, festivities and the re-launch of the Gallery Space. The event is an artistic, musical and community culture celebration of the Luritja and Pintupi people of Haasts Bluff. Come for the day or stay for the weekend! Experience traditional dancing & singing, spear and boomerang throwing, food stalls, traditional seed beading workshops, bush tucker, documentary screenings and more.

Barunga Festival, June 6th-9th

Barunga Festival is now in its 29th year, earning its place as one of the most important community festivals in regional Australia. The Festival has a strong history of showcasing the Katherine region and supporting remote indigenous communities to come together and celebrate community life through sport, music (contemporary and traditional), traditional arts and culture. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with a remote Indigenous community.

Merrepen Arts Festival, May 30th – June 1st

The annual Merrepen Arts Festival is held in the friendly community of Nauiyu, 240 kilometres south-west of Darwin. While the exquisite visual arts of the region, based on its abundant bush tucker, are the focus of the weekend, the festival encompasses a combination of events. Ngan’giwetimbi Dememarrgu Old Stories New Ways is a cultural performance featuring dance, music and fashion centred around the traditional stories of the Nauiyu artists of Merrepen Arts and displaying the contemporary and exciting textiles that have created a stir across Australia over the past two years.

The Art Centre is open all weekend for you to peruse the beautiful works. The works are iconic of the local fauna, flora, everyday life and traditional stories, they are colourful, fresh and contemporary.

Image courtesy of Barunga Festival.