fabALICE celebrates drag, community and culture in Alice Springs


Drag queen performs in front of a crowd at fabalice festival
Image: Supplied

The annual fabALICE Festival returns to the Red Centre next month with some new additions to the outback celebration’s lineup in Alice Springs.

Each year, fabALICE is on right after Sydney’s Mardi Gras. This is so locals and visitors alike can continue the celebrations through Central Australia’s rich culture, arts, and entertainment.

Almost 30 years ago, the iconic finale of Priscilla Queen of the Desert was filmed in Alice Springs.

Now, the fabALICE festival doesn’t just celebrate drag, but also Alice Springs’ entire LGBTQIA+ community.

“We invite everyone to join us in Alice Springs to celebrate what is great about our community,” fabALICE spokesperson Thomas Coelli said.

“Now more than ever Territorians need to stand together and support festivals such as this.”

Dozen events at fabALICE 2023

fabALICE 2023 showcases drag, comedy, cabaret, fashion, music and more against Alice Springs’s stunning natural landscape.

The festival’s 12-event program has activities for people and families of all ages, with each event in turn supporting local businesses and service providers.

fabALICE’s signature Under the Stars Gala night is back at the Old Quarry, hosted by Marzi Panne Miss Ellaneous (below, left to right) and headlined by 100% Kylie.

The two fierce queens are also hosting a Lip Sync Battle and Drag Queen Bingo, as celebrations continue at multiple parties at several venues across Alice Springs.

fabALICE festival ambassadors Miss Ellaneous and Marzi Panne
Image: Lisa Hatz Photography

Cabaret star Hans will also bring the hills alive with Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at Araluen Arts Centre.

NT Major Events Minister Paul Kirby said fabALICE is proudly “one of the most inclusive events on the Territory calendar”.

“Each year it brings together people from all corners of the community to celebrate diversity and everything that makes Alice Springs so unique,” he said.

fabALICE runs from March 9-12 2023. For more information or to book tickets, visit the website here.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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