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Red Centre Gearing Up for an Absolutely FABalice Festival

Hundreds of people are expected to converge on Alice Springs this weekend for the much-anticipated FABalice Festival. The inaugural three-day event has a wide range of attractions and entertainment planned to celebrate love, pride and the colourful Alice Springs community.

The Festival is an important part of the Territory Labor Government’s continuing investment in improving social, cultural and economic conditions for Territorians.

Kicking off the rainbow festival tonight is the Opening Drag Crawl, followed by a Pride Parade, Drag Races, an Ex-DRAG-Vaganza and a party at THROB on TODD Nightclub tomorrow, plus a Pool Party and Outdoor Cinema on Sunday.

Event organisers encourage everyone to get behind the FABalice Festival, celebrating the diversity of our community. 

The three-day event also celebrates the making of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert film 25 years ago, with a screening of the famous movie on Sunday at The Gapview Hotel from 7pm.

For more information and the FABalice program, visit 

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“The Territory Labor Government is continuing to invest in festivals and events across the Territory, recognising their importance to liveability, tourism, and local jobs. 

“A total of $190,000 of event funding, including additional in-kind support, has been allocated to this festival from the NT Government including some funding from the $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract visitors, create jobs and put more money in the pockets of Territorians.

“The Territory hosts some of Australia’s most iconic festivals and events ranging from moving and inspiring to creative and quirky. They help build the Territory’s reputation as a unique holiday destination rich in history, art and culture.” 

Quotes from Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield:

“It’s great to see the FABalice Festival come to fruition and I’m delighted the Red Centre can host this exciting three-day event that celebrates LGBTQI diversity and acceptance in the community.

“Aside from boosting visitation and growing the local economy during the shoulder period, this event also appeals to a wide cross-section of our community.

“I wish event organisers every success for this year’s inaugural festival and hope to see FABalice cement itself as an iconic and much-loved festival on the Red Centre’s calendar of events.”

Quotes from FABalice Festival Spokesperson, Nicole Jervis:

“FABalice is an exciting opportunity for locals to become involved in the full spectrum of diversity in our community.

“My committee is really excited to be presenting this first ever FABalice Festival, which will provide fabulous entertainment in fabulous locations and be the first of many future festivals in Alice Springs.

“Our reach will gradually be extended nationally and internationally, leveraging off the Sydney Mardi Gras held a week prior to our event, and bringing much-needed interstate and overseas tourist dollars into the local economy at what is traditionally a quiet time of the year.”

Media Contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242