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Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Alice Springs Beanie Festival

A beanie made from a man’s beard – it’s time for the Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2017!

The cool temperatures are here to stay, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time for the 21st Alice Springs Beanie Festival!

The Araluen Arts Centre will once again play host as thousands of beanies from across Australia (and the globe) go on display to offer the perfect head-warming attire.

“The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is such a rich art and cultural event that attracts visitors from everywhere to come to Central Australia and find the perfect beanie,” Festival Director and Chief Beanie-ologist, Jo Nixon explained.

“The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a chance to see a wonderful selection of competition beanies, purchase a beanie (or two!) for yourself, participate in a creative workshop or listen to the stories from some of the artists who have been creating beanies.”

This year’s exhibition theme is Weaving the Magic and invites entrants to wander the forests of the imagination and dream up the fantastical.

“This time of year is always so exciting, as all the beanies started coming in and we get to see the creativity that goes into creating these works,” Ms Nixon said.

“One collaborative work that has come in from Tapatjatjaka Artists incorporates hair from a gentleman’s very long beard!

“A gentleman had visited the art centre and there was a joke that they should cut off his beard and use it in a beanie – and the gentleman agreed to do it.

“It is one of the larger beanies we have in this year’s competition and combines different wet and dry felting processes to create a wira (bowl) that can be balanced on your head, complete with goanna, honey ants, witchetty grubs and bush tomatoes.

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival holds workshops in a number of Aboriginal communities including the Town Camps of Alice Springs, to encourage artists to create beanies and tea cosies.

“Each year we are greeted with such enthusiasm from the artists in these communities who want to share their culture in a very unique way,” Ms Nixon said.

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival will kick off with its official opening gala on Friday 23 June at the Araluen Arts Centre, with the announcement of the competition winners and the opening of the exhibition Weaving the Magic at 6.00pm, along with plenty of music, performances and yummy food.

Beanie Central, the festival hub, will open on Friday 23 June from 12.00pm and will be open until Monday 26 June with thousands of beanies to try and buy, workshops offering cultural and creative exchange and the taste and smell of kangaroo tail roasted on the campfire. 

All workshop information and opening times are available at www.beaniefest.org.

The Weaving the Magic exhibition closes Sunday 16 July.

For further information and images contact

Executive Officer, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Jo Nixon

e: beaniefestival@gmail.com

m: 0408 436 928