This site is so last year!

For more information on the 2012 Desert Harmony Festival,

Find us here!!


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

Can’t make it? Email us your thoughts:

That’s it for 2011!

It’s all been very quiet here at the blog… But out in Desert Harmony Festival land we’ve had the blockbuster Barkly College Primary School Concert, superb Song Peoples Sessions concert and CD launch, vibrant Regional Art Market, a huge DanceSite, and the inaugural BAMFest, which took the Festival out in true Barkly style with fantastic music that had the crowd up dancing into the night!

Pics and wrap-ups will be popping up on the blog soon, once we’ve munched our way through all the delicious brandy snaps that Joie baked for the Festival team. But right now we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our funders, sponsors, amazing Festival performers and artists, hard-working volunteers and staff and, of course, our wonderful and enthusiastic audiences.

Welcome to the Desert Harmony Festival Blog…

The Desert Harmony Festival is a 10 day multi-arts celebration that showcases the distinctive arts and culture of the Barkly region – Indigenous and non-Indigenous, traditional and contemporary.

Come and join us! The official festival dates are Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September, but we’ve snuck in a few satellite events: the best Australian short films on Saturday 20 August, and Oz Opera’s La traviata on Tuesday 23 August.

Every year, as spring arrives, the festival celebrates the dynamic community strengths of Tennant Creek and surrounding communities. Audiences of over 2000 people enjoy the performances, exhibitions, artists’ marketplace, dance, music, literature…

With a fantastic variety of mostly free events, the Desert Harmony Festival offers the best artistic and cultural experiences to the community and its visitors.

Many local organisations participate: schools, emergency services, childcare and aged care facilities, health agencies, local businesses, musicians, dancers, visual artists and artisans who live and work in the district. Each bring their interests to the Desert Harmony Festival, leading to connections, reflection, dynamic exchange, spontaneity and fun!