Itinerary One – 6th April

CURATED BY CY STARKMAN

Cy is the brains behind operations at Red Hot Arts. Started in 1999, this Alice Springs based cultural power house fuels innovation, collaboration, mentorship and supports regional artists in bringing their ideas, events and projects to life.

Their annual program and workshops build more opportunities for local artists, their top-notch facilities offer better performance and collaborative spaces and they also have an impressive program of events and festivals across the year that showcase the amazing amount of talent the Red Center has to offer.

Wicked Kneads

Alice Art Centre Tour

Alice Springs Desert Park

LIVE MUSIC Mojo Juju

Loco Burrito

Palm Valley 4WD Tour

Squeaky Windmill B&B

TRIP PLANNER FOR April 6th

From Parrtjima’s light projections, knowledge program and the musical performances, it will be hard to tear yourself away from the festival to do some exploring.

Our local artists use the surrounding landscape of the region as a big inspiration for their work, stories and a channel this sense of place and purpose into their creative work. What better way to get a good dose of knowledge and understanding by wandering around the place.

Morning

Wicked Kneads

After the noisy chatter of birds wake you up, skip the hotel buffet and head to one of Alice’s newest cafe, Wicked Kneads. This bakery focuses on providing healthy high-fiber and low-sugar baked goodies for the community and hungry visitors that are in the know. After you’re done, grab a take-away treat and hit the road to start your own art tour.
Midday

Alice Art Centre Tour

Alice is home to a whole bunch of local, colourful and cultural art centers and galleries. There are stacks to choose from but my top picks are Mbantua, Papunya, Red Hot Arts, Yubu Napa Art Gallery and Tangentyere. If you’re up for a drive, there are many more art centers in the surrounds of Alice. Once you’re been suitably impressive by our eclectic collection of basket weaving and bark paintings, go bush and head to the desert park.
Afternoon

Alice Springs Desert Park

This desert park is set just out of town, in the middle of country and has everything for snake lovers to bird twitches. From nocturnal tours to meet and greets with Australia’s largest bird of prey, this park is the perfect place to see all the creatures that are normally hidden across the outback. After your taken a selfie with a wedge-tail eagle, head back into town for the night’s movie screening.
Night

LIVE MUSIC Mojo Juju

Garnering rave reviews for the brutally honest title track “Native Tongue” and its accompanying video, Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, AKA Mojo Juju, continues to rise. Mojo has collected a slew of accolades, 15 award nominations – including three ARIA nominations – and a healthy bundle of awards including the J Award for ‘Best Music Video’ and the Dreamtime Award for ‘Best Female Artist’. Best of all you can catch her  on the 6th of April at Parrtjima - A Festival in Light, Alice Springs Desert Park Festival Hub, 8:30pm

RECOMMENDATIONS

Dine @ Loco Burrito

When you’re craving Mexican food covered in way too hot hot sauce. Tucked away in an alley near the mall, there’s also an outdoor courtyard where you can scoff your food and soak up the faux Mexican weather.

Drink @ Epilogue Lounge

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this place will become your local fave in no time. The rooftop bar gets a bit rowdy after dark, but that’s not a bad thing. Check out their Facebook, to time your visits with their live music gigs.

Do @ Palm Valley 4WD Tour

Feeling wild? Go bush, get in a 4WD and hit up the stunning Palm Valley. Just a 2-hour drive south of Alice, there’s a campground so you can make the most of this desert oasis complete with lone palms and enough red dirt to get your car dirty.

Stay @ Squeaky Windmill B&B

Treat yourself to a night of luxury of the stars at one of Alice’s most sought-after b&bs. Kitted out with the luxuries of air con and showers, it’s the quiet, immersive landscape you’ll remember the most.