Red Dirt Poetry Festival is a 4-day International poetry and spoken word celebration in Mparntwe/Alice Springs

This hybrid festival promises to be an in person and digital delight with curated events and commissioned work, bringing together poets from around the country and overseas to share their stories and creative works.

With live events at venues throughout Alice Springs and online via social media and our website; presentations, workshops, showcases and exclusive commissioned works will be presented.

What Does ‘Nice’ Mean Anyway?

Niceness. It’s a nice word, in an ideal world everyone would be nice. But what does that even mean? These poets explore the concept of niceness from a poetic viewpoint as we delve deep into the idea… you may leave feeling pretty nice or you may leave questioning the existence of everything.

A message from Festival Ambassador, Catherine Satour

As the 2022 Red Dirt Poetry Festival Ambassador I invite you to ignite your imagination. As a songwriter I love creative writing and poetry – it’s raw and real.

The program this year absolutely spoils us with creative writing, performances and arts events over four days here in Mparntwe, there’s something for everyone.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events



Date August 6, 2022 - August 7, 2022Venue Totem Theatre & CourtyardOrganizer Outlandish ArtsPrice Free

2022 Artists