Today is the second of a 2-part Centralian Yarn focusing on the evolation of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival.
In part 1 we heard about the origins of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival back in 1997 when a small party was organised to sell some beanies which had been made at workshops in remote communities of Central Australia. The Festival has grown since then to become an institution in Central Australia and an established community-based festival on the national festival and tourism calendar.
In part 2 we will look at how the Alice Springs Beanie Festival has developed as a largely volunteer-run festival, responding to the expectations of a growing number of beanie makers, volunteers and visitors – many of whom see themselves as part of the local, national and now international Beanie Festival community.
Also we hear about some of the unexpected directions the Festival has taken which began as seeds of ideas during conversations whilst crocheting or chats over a cuppa and a cake from the Beanie Central tea shop and thinking … what if? … and more importantly … why not!
Joy Taylor talks with Jo Nixon, festival coordinator.
Broadcast: Tuesday 18 June 2013 at 5.30pm on 8CCC Community Radio 102.1FM
Repeated: Following Friday at 9am and Sunday at 5.00pm
Producer: Joy Taylor
Alice Springs Beanie Festival website
Photos courtesy of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival.