Festival image

Soon we’ll be sharing the highlights of the official Day 1 of this year’s Desert Harmony Festival, but right now we’d like to introduce you to Kaye Beasley, who was the winner of our Festival image competition earlier in the year. Kaye’s image was selected from almost 100 entries.

Kaye’s winning painting is called ‘Three Flowers’. When Kaye first started working in this style she exclaimed, ‘I have been lost with paint, but I have found my way now!  Now I will be right.’

Kaye is from Epenarra (Wutungurra), south-east of Tennant Creek. Her artwork has been exhibited at Mossgreen Gallery in Melbourne, Bleeding Heart Gallery in Brisbane, Birrung Gallery in Sydney, and Tandanya in Adelaide.

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Lantern-making 2

Barkly Regional Arts’ Youth Arts Manager, Emma Newman, has pulled out all the stops! She’s helped students and teachers at the primary school make 80 gorgeous lanterns to enchant the audience at the school’s concert on Thursday 1 September. And the pods under construction at the Drovers Hall have now got colour and innards. Be in Tennant Creek’s main street for the parade on Friday 26 August at 5 pm to see them bounce along. And afterwards at the Youth Performance at Nyinkka Nyunyu you will see them glowing stage-side…

Thank you to all the makers and to T&J Contractors: beautiful work!

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The Kiss, footy, a bee sting, popcorn…FILMS

Tonight’s the night for the St Kilda Film Festival showcase of 11 of Australia’s best short films. Come on up to Battery Hill (Peko Rd) to see the selection: everything from edgy black comedy to documentary, drama, romance, comedy. The door charge of $10 full/$8 concession includes free popcorn brought to you by the creative team at Barkly Regional Arts. Preparations are underway now…

See you for 7.30 pm (doors open at 7.00 pm). Cool drinks available to buy; enjoy the views over Tennant Creek from the deck.

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Barkly Captured: behind the scenes

Barkly Captured, our fantastic (even if we do say so ourselves) Barkly-wide photography project, has been taking shape over many months. Conceived last year by Kate Lee, this project aimed to involve residents across the Barkly region and showcase life through their eyes. It was and is a massive undertaking and everyone is really excited about the results, which are now rolling out in the main street of Tennant Creek and at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre. Here are some behind-the-scenes shots.

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Lantern-making

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Drovers Hall this afternoon to help make lanterns for the Festival street parade. Emma Newman, BRA’s Youth Arts Manager, got us all playing with glue and paper, and has now been crowned Tennant’s Queen of Lanterns. Sandy Edwards, BRA’s photgrapher-in-residence, popped in and captured the action, as you’ll see below.

The design of these lanterns is inspired by Kaye Beasley’s Festival artwork ‘Three Flowers’. This will become more apparent when we put the colour on tomorrow, so if you’d like to help with that transformation, come to the Drovers Hall (Winanjjikari Music Centre) at 65 Staunton St between 1 and 5 pm. We’ll give you a plastic apron, and keep your energy levels up by feeding you biscuits or cumquats!

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