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Turbocharging the Inaugural Alice Springs Street Art Festival

The inaugural Alice Springs Street Art Festival will be held 15 to 21 October 2018 and is part of the Territory Labor Government’s plan to plan to bring new life into the Alice Springs CBD, supporting local jobs, and building our reputation as a great place to live, work, and visit. 

Investment is through the record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract more visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

Four walls will be transformed into works of art that will catch the eye of tourists, local residents and stimulate the conversation about art and culture.

The festival will be managed by Red Hot Arts Central Australia, who will manage three walls, artist engagement and CBD activations. 

The fourth wall will be created as part of the Alice Springs Town Council’s Youth Arts and Music Festival (YAM Fest) on 12 October.

Over the next few weeks, organisers will confirm the walls and artists that will be involved in the Alice Springs Street Art Festival, with support from Territorian David Collins from Proper Creative, curator of the Darwin Street Art Festival.

The festival represents a unified approach between artists, retail/private sector and government to create a sense of vibrancy and purpose in the Alice Springs CBD that aims to create local engagement, retail opportunities and visitation.

The Alice Springs Street Art Festival will extend the Alice Springs calendar of events which has included Desert Song Festival, Desert Mob, Desert Festival, Parrtjima and the lighting of Todd St Mall as part of the Parrtjima program.

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss

“The Street Art Festival is funded through the Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism package to attract more visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

“The Festival will create a sense of vibrancy and purpose within the Alice Springs CBD that in-turn creates local engagement, retail opportunities and increased visitation.” 

Quotes from Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield

“This is a really exciting announcement for Alice. Over the seven-day festival, I encourage everyone to watch the artwork unfold across Alice Springs CBD.

“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our amazing local artists.”

Quote from Damien Ryan, Mayor, Alice Springs Town Council 

“The Council is pleased to be working with the Territory Government to establish the Street Art Festival in Alice Springs, as an opportunity to continue to showcase Central Australia, as well enhance the Todd Street Mall precinct.”

Quotes from Cy Starkman from Red Hot Arts Central Australia

“The stories, landscape and life of Central Australia and the NT are unique and of interest to our visitors. The Alice Springs Street Art Festival 2018 will transform some of our highest visibility walls into presenting this uniqueness to visitors for years to come and add to the vibrancy and value of the CBD experience.”


Media Contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242