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Photo: Emma Murray.
Entertainment, Northern Territory

fabALICE Festival brings glitter and glamour to the desert

This weekend saw three days of colourful LGBTIQ+ celebrations in the central Australian desert at the fabALICE Festival.

Held in Alice Springs, located between Darwin and Adelaide with a population of around 25,000, this year’s festival featured drag, comedy, cabaret, and more.

Photo: Lisa Hatz Photography.
Photo: Emma Murray.

The fabALICE Festival is inspired by the town’s appearance in iconic Australian queer film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

The event brings the spirit of Mardi Gras to the outback, boasting everything from lip sync battles to cinema screenings and a family drag queen storytime.

Photo: Lisa Hatz Photography.
Photo: Lisa Hatz Photography.

The festival’s famous street party and carnivale brought glitter, glamour, and fun to the streets of Alice Springs for a very special weekend of celebrations.

Photo: Emma Murray.

“The FABalice Festival was born from a bunch of passionate locals who just love Alice Springs and history,” said organisers on the event website.

“We want to share our town with the rest of the world.

“We know that once you come here, it’ll blow your skirt up how stunning it is, and not to mention laid-back.

“We know you need to escape the big smoke, and this is the perfect place to do it.

“We have great food, a funky little town, and know how to party better than the rest of the country.

“The FABalice Festival are proud to present a really fun and safe space of self-expression for the locals of rural and remote Northern Territory and all our guests.”

Alice Springs has no dedicated gay bars most of the year, but it is considered home to the largest queer community in regional Australia.

Photo: Lisa Hatz Photography.
Photo: Emma Murray.

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