Barkly Area Music Festival (BAMFest)

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A showcase of performers and artist who have recorded or worked with the music centre over the past year. Featuring: guitar legend Barry Benning, a Battle of the Bands between the Alpurrurlam Band and the Ali Curung Band; Tennant Creek’s own Winanjjikari Allstars, as well as Barkly phenomenon the Tableland Drifters. Visiting acts, the Sandridge Band from Borroolola who were recording with us at the time working on WADOP (Winanjjikari Artist Development Outreach Program), headliners the Iwantja Band from the north of South Australia recorded their Deadly Award winning album Palya at the Winanjjikari Studios. The other highlights of the BAMFest were Warren H Williams with his allstar bands and Shellie Morris playing a beautiful solo performance; they had both recorded at Winanjjikari Music Centre over the past year working on The Songpeople Sessions. Around 600 people were in attendance and the night was amazing.


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.


Last chance to see Barkly Captured!

‘Fantastic photos – beautiful country and people’

‘Fab, fab, fab…loved it! What a great peek into Tennant Creek and the Barkly. Thanks to all you photographers!’

‘A great way to capture the spirit of the Barkly by the people who live here’

‘A really rich, lovely exhibition’

‘Very cool!’

Come and see what visitors are raving about!

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What: Barkly Captured photographic exhibition

Where: Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre, Tennant Creek

When: Until Tuesday 20 September; Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 4.00 pm; Sat-Sun 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Exhibition entry is free.

This project was made possible by Festivals Australia, an Australian Government program which supports cultural activity at regional and community festivals.

It is also supported by Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre, and Fuji Australia.