The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is almost here. We're counting down to celebrate our 18th year.
From Friday June 20th to the 23rd, we'll be revelling in the joy of the beanie, with more wonderful creations than ever before. We're putting the final touches to the National Beanie Exhibition “Out of this World” and down in Beanie Central there will be over 6000 handmade beanies from around the globe. In the build up to this years festival, we've travelled far and wide to make this the best beanie weekend yet. From the Canberra National Folk Festival to remote indigenous communities in South Australia and Central Australia, we continue to grow our community of crafty, inspired people and our collection of the world's finest headwear. Actually, it's “Out of this World”!
Along with connecting and supporting beanie makers from around the world, the purpose of the festival is to create social and economic outcomes for remote Indigenous People from Central Australia. This gives the festival a strong cross cultural presence, as can be experienced in the special beanies depicting traditional Indigenous stories.
“It's a feast for the eyes, head and heart to experience such a quirky and iconic festival,” says Chief Beanieologist, Jason Quin, “the competition beanies this year are extraordinary, there are aliens, space helmets, orbiting planets and celebrations of our own magnificent environment.”
Beanie makers and volunteers from around Australia will be making their way to the Red Centre as we kick off the festival opening night party with music, entertainment, awards and of course, your first look at this year's competition. Over the following 3 days, there will be workshops, indigenous demonstrations, fine and scrumptious food - including the chance to try traditionally cooked roo tail and damper, and thousands of beanies to try, buy and brighten your world.
Everyone is welcome to come and get “Out of this World” with us.