Art at the Heart - Opening Ceremony 2008


Todd River, Alice Springs

Creative consultancy commissioned by the Northern Territory Government for the Regional Arts Australia Conference. Tracks worked as Creative Consultant with Alice Springs Artists to vision and create the Opening Ceremony.

On October 3rd, 2008, many of the country’s artists, arts workers and arts volunteers converged on Alice Springs as part of the largest Regional Arts Australia conference in history, and the largest conference ever to be held in Alice Springs – Art at the Heart.

The moving opening ceremony saw the 1000 delegates having a truly Territorian experience: Sitting under white ghost gums around 42 camp fires on the banks of the dry riverbed of the Todd River, while local Alice Springs hosts served up a traditional cup of billy-tea with local stories as the sun set behind the dramatic MacDonnell Ranges.

Creative Personnel

Artistic Vision: Kieren Sanderson
Artistic Director: Dani Powell
Associate Artistic Director: Alex Kelly
Creative Consultant: Tim Newth
Production Manager: Suzi Cordell
Sound Design: Matthew Cunliffe
Stage Manager: Jennah Rose

Tracks 2008

Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Fiona Carter
Dance Animateur: Julia Quinn
Administrative Assistant: Ciella Williams, Gail Evans
Bookkeeper: Julie Ann Stark
Development Consultant: Suzanne Fermanis

Committee Members: (Chair) Jill MacAndrew, (Vice-Chair) David Taylor, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Traci Keys, (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Nick Papandonakis, Donna Quong, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth

Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan


"I think what it's doing for Alice is it's really profiling local artists, local culture and giving people a real experience of the life here."   President of Regional Arts Australia, Suzie Haslehurst. on ABC News

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