Welcome to the Red Dirt Poetry Festival 2016! The second biennial four-day spoken word celebration in Alice Springs.

Built on the back of the success of The Dirty Word and Alice Springs’ long and rich love affair with poetry, this festival will bring together poets and spoken word artists from all over Australia and overseas to continue building on our already sensational arts scene.

This year our festival follows in the inspirational steps of Ellen Van Neerven taking influence from her lines,

we are heat maps
our footprints never fade

On behalf of everyone who has helped make this festival happen, I welcome you to the Red Dirt Poetry Festival! Bring your poems and your passions, keep rebelling, resisting, and revolutionising our world. Remembering we all leave footprints, we must make them meaningful.

Laurie May
Festival Director