Olive Pink Opera 2021

Date(s) - 17/09/2021 - 19/09/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Olive Pink Botanic Garden

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We’ve Changed the Date not the Experience!

The restrictions caused by COVID -19 have had a devastating impact on the Arts and Culture and Tourism sectors across Australia, restricting artistic practice, national and international travel and audience participation.

2021 promises resurgence! The Desert Song Festival and the Olive Pink Opera will be a celebration of the Australian spirit and culture to be held 10-19 September 2021 in Central Australia: the perfect time and place to celebrate the astonishing life of Olive Pink.

The Opera will bring together an internationally recognised composer, an iconic central Australian music festival, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, and classical musicians, to create a new vision of telling uniquely Australian stories through opera. This intercultural and intergenerational Opera cast will provide a uniquely Central Australian artistic and cultural experience. Register here to stay tuned. The Desert Song Festival and Olive Pink Botanic Garden Facebook pages will also be informing you with regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/desertsongcentralaustralia; https://www.facebook.com/events/2475947672666150/

The ‘Olive Pink Opera’ is a new musical work celebrating the astonishing life of Olive Pink, (1886-1975) a woman ahead of her time as an outspoken advocate for Aboriginal rights. Created by award-winning Australian composer Professor Emerita Anne Boyd AM, the Olive Pink Opera features the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, and brings together the rich heritage of Aboriginal culture and opera, to create a unique version of opera in Australia.

The Opera will have three performances – Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, and Saturday 19th of September 2021.

Olive Pink was an artist, early native plant gardener, anthropologist, and a outspoken activist for the rights of Aboriginal people.  The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is the performance site and set for the Opera. Founded by Olive Pink and Warlpiri gardener Johnny Tjampitjinpa some 60 years ago, it is a sanctuary for rare and threatened species and culturally important bushfoods and medicine plants.

Within Central Australia’s majestic landscape, with protected Sacred Sites connecting the Garden to the ancient cultural and spiritual heritage of the Arrernte people, today it hosts thousands of visitors while still remaining the place of peace and beauty that Olive intended.

Alice Springs is the culturally rich and diverse heart of Australia. A centre of art, culture and spirituality that stretches back millennia, it vibrantly intersects with the modern world to create sensational celebrations of shared culture through the Desert Song Festival.  The town forms the back drop for the story of Olive Pink and her contentious and legendary struggles for social justice for Aranda (Arrernte) and Warlpiri peoples.

Plan a night out at the opera in Olive Pink’s garden 




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