DanceSite 2011

Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring presented the 2011 DanceSite event, Wurrpujintta Anyul Warlunjanjjiki – Coming Together to Dance, on the last Saturday of the festival. And come they did! Around 200 dancers and singers travelled to Tennant Creek from across the Barkly, Roper and Central Australia regions to perform under lights at Purkiss Reserve. It was a huge night with over 1500 people watching performances from the hosts, Warumungu Pujjali with Pittangu (Flying Fox), Warumungu Munga Munga (Dreaming Women) and Warlmanpa Milywayi (Snake), and visitors from Alekarenge, Ti-Tree, Papunya, Yuendumu, Borroloola, Mornington Island and Numbulwar.

Performers were welcomed by Warumungu Traditional Owner Mr Jones at a special Welcome to Country at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre the night before.

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Thank you to DanceSite coordinators Renita Glencross and Rose Graham, Daniel Lade of Gigtech, Barkly Regional Arts staff including Adrian McNamara and the Winanjjikari Music Centre crew, the Barkly Shire Council,  Barkly Work Camp crews, Mr Jones, emcee Gerry McCarthy MLA, and event and festival volunteers for another great DanceSite.


Multicultural Showcase & Dinner

The Barkly Multicultural Association presented its annual showcase of local multinational talent on the first weekend of the festival. The audience at the Civic Hall was entertained by performances and cuisine from the Fijian, Filipino, Thai, Kiribati, British, Indian, Dutch and other communities of Tennant Creek.

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Desert Harmony Community Church Service

The Desert Harmony Community Church Service involved over 60 members of the Uniting Church, Anglican Parish, Lutheran Fellowship, and Australian Indigenous Ministry of Tennant Creek.

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Thank you to the chief organiser, Rev John Flaherty of the Uniting Church, and to the staff and residents of Pulkapulkka Kari nursing home for hosting this annual community church service.

Culture Carnival

Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre presented the inaugural Culture Carnival, which included readings to celebrate the launch of the Barkly Writers’ Ink blog (see the link on the right), an open mic session featuring local musicians and songwriters, Jerry’s delicious damper, and the opening of the Barkly Captured community photographic exhibition in the gallery.

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Thank you to Kate Foran and all the staff at Nyinkka Nyunyu for initiating and supporting this event, which we hope will become an ongoing feature of the festival.

Circosis Workshops

Festival Day 2: At Peko Park and alongside the footy oval, kids learned how to hula hoop, play with devil sticks and do acrobatics with Circosis (Sarah and Cooky).

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Thanks to our helpers on the day: Ken Kincade, Brad, and Emma Newman.

Power & Water Desert Harmony Street Parade

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So many local businesses, organisations and individuals took part in the Power and Water Desert Harmony Street Parade! This is the event that traditionally signals the start of the annual Desert Harmony Festival, and joining in this year were: Power and Water Corporation, the Tennant Creek Fire Brigade, Julalikari Night Patrol, Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge, the Barkly College contingent – the high school drummers and the colourful primary school float, St John Ambulance volunteers and cadets, Kelly’s Ranch riding school, Anyinginyi Health, the residents and staff of Pulkapulkka Kari, Dion Beasley and Joie and Tony, the Clontarf Foundation, students and staff of Elliott School, Anne Wilson, the Alpurrurulam bat, Winky the bus, a dog or three perhaps…

To everyone who participated and to those of you who lined the street in your deck chairs and cheered the Festival floaters on – thank you!

Barkly Regional Arts would also like to thank: Festival volunteers Carmel Edwards, Meg McGrath and Ziggy Santos for their help on the day; T&J Contractors and Little Rippers for vehicle loans; Barkly Shire Council for road closures; our Youth Arts Manager Emma Newman for her enthusiasm, lantern initiative and excellent organising in the lead-up; and our fabulous on-staff photographer Sandy Edwards (whose credit for most of the photographs on this blog you might not have spotted in the side bar!)

We’re also extremely grateful to the Power and Water Corporation for its generous financial support of this year’s parade.

Festival Community Forum


Come and share your thoughts and ideas for the Desert Harmony Festival

  • What did you think of this year’s Festival?
  • Do you want to keep the Festival program local or not?
  • Is there somethhing you’d like included in the 2012 Festival program?
  • Do you want to hold an event as part of next year’s Festival?


Monday 24 October  5.30 – 6.30 pm

Tanami Room 2, Tennant Creek Training Centre, 65 Staunton St, Tennant Creek

Refreshments provided

Enquiries: please call Karin at Barkly Regional Arts on 08 8962 2799

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